At the end of Tuesday night’s Depoe Bay City Council meeting, Mayor Carol Connors and a few others among the council recounted how visceral the reaction has been by the public that their town’s 3rd of July Fireworks were cancelled this year. Some of the emails were pretty ugly according to Mayor Connors. However, City Recorder Pury Murray said a member of her staff answered each and every email assuring them that there was a compelling reason to not have fireworks this year. The staffer indicated that the federal Fish and Wildlife Department said the current launch site for the fireworks is disruptive to protected migratory birds. Murray said most people seemed to understand.
Mayor Connor said she has recently spent a lot of time being interviewed by Portland radio stations, explaining the city’s predicament, adding that there was nothing the city could do to overturn Fish and Wildlife’s ruling. She said she hopes the Depoe Bay Chamber of Commerce can find a way forward to re-start the fireworks next year. The manager of the Depoe Bay Chamber of Commerce recently told News Lincoln County that she is confident they’ll find an alternate location to fire off the fireworks without disturbing the birds starting next 3rd of July.
In the meantime Mayor Connors reminded everyone that Depoe Bay has a lot more going for it than just fireworks. She said tourists and locals alike should visit Depoe Bay, take in some beautiful weather and gorgeous sunsets; fine dining and immensely beautiful walks along Depoe Bays unparalleled beaches and headlands. But she and other councilors expressed great frustration that Depoe Bay has been beaten up pretty badly recently by state and federal governments who are launching studies for ocean research on shorelines and near shore seas which has put large tracts of fishing grounds off limits to Depoe Bay commercial fishermen as well as potentially for wave energy research.