Depoe Bay City Council gets thumbs down on further fireworks fired from Pirate’s Cove – even from Fogarty Creek!
Mayor Carol Connors dropped some bad news on her city council Tuesday night. The US Fish and Wildlife Service and the Oregon State Parks and Recreation Department will not allow any more fireworks launched from Pirate’s Cove because “the fireworks are disruptive to Pacific Flyway Treaty protected sea birds that nest in the area.” What’s worse, a suggestion that the fireworks be moved to Fogarty Creek Park as an alternative site “has been quashed by State Parks and Recreation due to non-illuminated dangerous areas after dark, making it unsafe for pedestrians and observers on the beach,” said Mayor Connors.
Mayor Connors told her council that there is probably nothing that can be done about the rulings adding that despite a plea to the state’s congressional delegation, the city has heard nothing back. “So now, it’s pretty much up to the Depoe Bay Chamber of Commerce to scope out another site, possibly south of the Depoe Bay Bridge to a bluff face along the south side of the bay.” Connors said whether Depoe Bay will have July 3rd Fireworks is strictly up to the Depoe Bay Chamber of Commerce which runs them. She said she expects to meet with chamber officials to see if the city can be of any further assistance. She added that there has been talk of loading the fireworks onto a barge and pulling it out into the middle of the bay, but Connors said that’s not likely to happen because of the high cost.
So, we’ll see what the Depoe Bay Chamber of Commerce can come up with. Depoe Bay merchants have benefitted substantially over the years from beating other areas to the punch over fireworks, running them the night before on the 3rd of July. Mayor Connors and the council has made it clear that the town’s business community derives a substantial portion of their tourism income from the event. So to lose it would be a terrible loss to the town in terms of commerce.