Port Richey to revive July 4 fireworks show
PORT RICHEY -
Fireworks once again will light up the night sky over Port Richey on the Fourth of July.
The city will spend up to $7,000 for a fireworks show over Waterfront Park and Millers Bayou on the holiday, according to City Manager Tom O'Neill. The fireworks display will start about 9 p.m.
Last year's show was canceled when the nonprofit group Celebrate Port Richey could not produce the program in time for the Fourth of July event despite the city's sponsorship. The city's allocation went unspent.
For this year's show, the city's Community Redevelopment Agency will hire Fireworks Displays Unlimited. The CRA has $15,000 set aside in its special-events budget.
City council members, acting as the CRA board, agreed to a $3,500 deposit recently.
The fireworks provider plans to fire about 556 shells of various sizes for about 10 to 12 minutes.
Based in Princeton, Fla., the fireworks company is managed by Gary S. Avins. The firm will carry a $1 million liability insurance policy and handle all permits and licenses.
The display will be the only fireworks show in West Pasco on the Fourth of July. The Main Street Blast event in New Port Richey typically includes fireworks the weekend before the holiday.