By MARTHA McCLAIN
Special to the PRESS
Citizens of Laguna Vista may be treated to a fireworks display on Independence Day in 2018.
Town Council members granted City Manager Rolando Vela’s request Tuesday to explore costs associated with producing a fireworks show.
A similar proposal was raised last year, but logistics including the expense of renting a barge in the Laguna Madre Bay to serve as the platform for the fireworks, stalled action. An estimated cost of $20,000 was proposed as the cost for the exhibit.
“One year ago we had the discussion. This is a way for residents to have a display. Is this something you want staff to follow up on? If so the time to look at it is now,” Vela told the Council.
Newly seated Councilman Victor Worrell questioned if time allowed to solicit sponsorships, noting that $20,000 was a significant amount of money.
Councilman Michael Carter said he had been approached by multiple residents at the recent 5K/10K run, and at the Halloween event, by residents asking about a July 4 fireworks display. “This is something that would benefit the entire community,” he said suggesting the possibility that the City could put up $10,000 and the balance could come from area businesses.
Council member Frank Davalos, who also serves on the Community Development Corporation Board, inquired if CDC funds could be used.
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