Carolina Beach Town Council Approves Fireworks Shows And Events For 2021

The traditional July 3rd Independence Day Fireworks show in Carolina Beach was canceled in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Now the Town is exploring ways to bring back the event in 2021 along with other staple events such as movies at the lake and others... (Photo from file) The traditional July 3rd Independence Day Fireworks show in Carolina Beach was canceled in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Now the Town is exploring ways to bring back the event in 2021 along with other staple events such as movies at the lake and others... (Photo from file)

Carolina Beach Town Council Approves Fireworks Shows And Events For 2021 Featured

By / Local News / Tuesday, 02 March 2021 02:11

By WILLARD KILLOUGH III
Managing Editor

CAROLINA BEACH -  The Carolina Beach Recreation Department is exploring options to bring back summer events such as weekly fireworks displays, movies at the Carolina Beach Lake and live music entertainment at the Lake.
However, this is all under the cloud of COVID-19 and is a moving target involving a lot of unknown factors.
Parks and Recreation Director Eric Jelenski said during the February 23rd, meeting that hiring a fireworks company for the July 4th, weekend may lead to a July 2nd or 3rd, display due to demands.
Eric explained, "COVID fatigue is a real thing. What can we do. We want our normal programs back. We just want to get back to normal."
He explained, "We are struggling. We want our normal programs back. We like brainstorming but we are sick of brainstorming we just want to get back to normal. None of us have a crystal ball, none of us can see into the future and really the planning for all these programs starts now."
The Council discussed the details of contractual agreements with bands to play at the Boardwalk throughout the summer and whether or not they could cancel events depending on potential future COVID-19 restrictions. The Council also expressed the same concern for funding movies at the lake and contract agreements with fireworks companies and the movie providers.
Councilmal Steve Shuttleworth explained the Town could plan measures such as restricting parking on certain streets, posting signs encouraging social distancing and other measures and he added, "So that they are not crowded" and, "I don't see any reason
why at this point at least plan for, budget for and plan for. It's easier to cancel it than it is to hurry up and plan it two weeks before it happens."
While the details are not yet set in stone, the Council expressed a desire to support managing and funding such summer events well into the shoulder months in the fall of 2021 and will continue to monitor the status of the COVID pandemic and funding for such events on a regular basis.
Councilman Lynee Barbee explained that Jelenski, "Answered pretty much every question I had last week. I appreciate you doing this because I think this is the question the community has  and certainly the one I brought up is are we planning to have a summer, lumping it all together, and think your presentation clearly shows the public that yes we are and so thank you for that."
Mayor Leanne Pierce said health officials are saying a majority of the population will be vaccinated for the COVID virus by sometime in July and, "That was why we looked at July" for fireworks displays.

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