Friday, December 3, 2021

Moving Toward a Normal Independence Day


Photo by Steve Stefanides


 

One sign that Marco Island is finally emerging from restrictions that came about due to the COVID-19 Pandemic was City Council’s recent discussions about Fourth of July fireworks. The city, during its budget deliberations held in 2020, had appropriated the necessary funding for the annual Fourth of July fireworks celebration. That amount of $65,000 was put into the budget, so it should have been no surprise to anyone on or off the dais that the funding would be available.

Leaders at city, county and state levels have been monitoring the situation with regard to the impact of the COVID-19 virus and weighing the steps necessary to keep citizens safe as we emerge from the height of the pandemic.

Marco Island Civic Association (MICA), too, has been monitoring how best to respond as we emerge from the last 12 to 15 months of the pandemic. MICA is responsible for the operation and maintenance of Marco Island Residents’ Beach, as well as Sarazen Park on Swallow Avenue at the south end of the island.

In a conversation with MICA President Bob Brown last week, he confirmed to the Coastal Breeze News that MICA’s Board of Directors would be donating $5000 toward the cost of the expensive pyrotechnic display which the city would be arranging. In addition, MICA would be extending the hours of operation of Residents’ Beach and Sarazen Park for use by its members so they would be able to enjoy the Independence Day fireworks display.

MICA’s Ruth McCann explained that they would be expanding the normal closing hours for beach parking, but that they would not be organizing the larger event previously held on the beach. Instead, MICA will welcome its members to enjoy a day at the beach and stay around to view the fireworks as the day turns into evening.

McCann also reminded members to bring their membership cards to allow access to the MICA Parking lots and gates at both Residents’ Beach and Sarazen Park.

Both McCann and Brown asked that residents and visitors alike respect all of Marco Island’s beaches by not leaving anything behind, especially trash. They also reminded residents that private fireworks are not allowed on the island.

 


 

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