Corrections to an earlier version on this story.
Newport City Councilors had a thick agenda Monday evening. First off, the City Council seemed willing to help to better finance a number of tourist attractions to enhance tourist visitation to the Central Coast. The Newport City Council approved switching tourism attractions and promotions to a more centrally organized approach – namely the Newport Chamber of Commerce and their new Discover Newport website. The city council learned that the old days are gone when tourists came only four months out of the year. Today tourism is a pretty steady stream to the Oregon Coast coming from all over the world as well as around the U.S. So we’ll see how this new arrangement turns out. Everyone seemed impressed with the change in how City Hall can give the tourism industry a shot in the arm.
Then came the subject of fireworks during the 4th of July. Noting a long dry spell along the coast, those organizations that promote July 4th celebrations have been trying to economically survive the decline of fireworks…mostly due to the Covid-19 pandemic as well as the drought. There were inclinations to centralize fireworks celebrations with impressive volleys of “rockets red glare, the bombs bursting in air” but it was rather low key compared to other years. Fireworks promoters said that the country has to scale back the magnitude of available “boom makers” due to the country’s explosive wild fires. Oregon and other western states had to make the best of it. But there is constant discussion about planning for next Summer.
And finally, Newport hired a new City Engineer, Aaron Collet…a name that sounds familiar because Mr. Collett currently sits on the Newport City Council. Collett was selected by a vote of the city council who greatly appreciated his service to the city but also for his deep knowledge on how to keep a city – big or small – going ever forward. In short, a formidable city engineer. The City Council will now begin searching for a candidate to fill his city council seat.