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San Antonio will follow county ban of fireworks

City commissioners decided Tuesday that whatever Pasco decides is good enough for them.

By CHASE SQUIRES

© St. Petersburg Times, published June 8, 2000


SAN ANTONIO -- City commissioners decided Tuesday it isn't up to them if the Fourth of July comes in with or without a bang. It's up to the county.

And the county has decided to ban the sale and private use of fireworks and sparklers.

"Whatever they decide, we live with," Mayor Roy Pierce said.

City commissioners declined to vote on the matter Tuesday. City Attorney Ken Buchman said after the meeting that because the city has no specific ordinances that would conflict with county laws, such as an ordinance specifically allowing the use of fireworks, county law would hold. Without a conflict, Buchman said, the city has no reason to act.

The Pasco County Commission banned the use of fireworks in April. On Tuesday, the board bucked its own legal staff's input and agreed to ban the sale of recreational fireworks, due to the severe drought and high fire danger. But the ban specifically states it applies to unincorporated areas and does not affect professional displays.

Dade City Fire Department Capt. Joey Wubbena said his department is expected to ask Dade City commissioners to extend the ban inside Dade City city limits, and in Zephyrhills, City Manager Steve Spina is asking City Council members there to do the same.

In other business at Tuesday's San Antonio meeting, commissioners agreed to let merchants close parts of Pennsylvania Avenue downtown for the series of June Jam outdoor concerts on Friday nights in June. But to close the street, commissioners said the merchants must hire an off-duty sheriff's deputy for security and post barricades.

The June Jam concerts invite residents downtown to listen to music outside from 6-10 p.m. while visiting local stores and restaurants.

Commissioners also agreed to pay $7,424 to repaint the historic San Antonio train depot and spend about $2,800 to repair and repaint the front entrance to City Hall.

And commissioners reminded residents that representatives from the Excalibur photo company would be going door to door taking orders for family portraits as the annual fund-raiser for the San Antonio Volunteer Fire Department.

Fire Chief Troy Newton said the salespeople would carry appropriate identification.

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