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Fireworks to return to PR on Fourth of July

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 itself, City Manager Tom O’Neill said Friday.
The pyrotechnic display would start about 9 p.m. that night and last for 10 to 12 minutes, city documents show.
The 2012 show fell through, officials recalled, when a nonprofit group could not produce the program despite the city’s sponsorship. The city allocation went unspent.
This time, though, the city’s Community Redevelopment Department will directly hire Fireworks Displays Unlimited LLC. Bill Bennett presented the proposal on behalf of the firm. The CRA has $15,000 total set aside in its special events budget.
City council members, acting as the CRA board, agreed to a $3,500 deposit at the Thursday night CRA meeting.
The fireworks firm plans firing about 556 shells of various sizes.
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.
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