Aerial fireworks prohibited everywhere in Holiday Island

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

HOLIDAY ISLAND--The Corps of Engineers property known as The Point, near the Holiday Island marina, is off limits for fireworks, including the type of displays that were once sanctioned by the district. A change in the reading and understanding of Corps of Engineers rules resulted in the striking of a key sentence in the Code of Regulations Chapter 8, Section 8-47 during the district's board of commissioners meeting on Monday, May 23.

The sentence that was deleted reads as follows: "The use of aerial fireworks, as described above, shall be permitted only during the dates and times described above at the public use area commonly known as 'The Point' which is located at the intersection of Woodsdale Drive and Shields Drive; aerial fireworks shall be directed away from all structures, including the marina."

Roads Department supervisor Kenny DeHart said he will put up signs warning against the use of all fireworks at The Point. He also said he would try to increase the number of the signs. Non-aerial fireworks are still permitted on private property from July 1 through July 7. In other business the board passed, on its second reading, Regulation 2016-001, allowing the district to require an application accompanied by a deposit of $100 before water service begins for new customers. Customers who have water service at the time of the regulation are exempt. Customers who subsequently have services disconnected for non-payment must submit the application and deposit before services are reconnected.

In order to facilitate the work of the board of commissioners the commissioners passed an amendment that will limit public comments to a strict three minutes per person before discussions and votes on issues at hand by the BOC. Members of the audience, as always, are allowed to question commissioners and make brief statements during the board's discussion of issues. A public comment period without a time limit will be held near the end of the meeting.

The three-minute time limit for the first comment period is intended to allow the board to devote its attention to issues that require decisions rather than listen to long comments that may or may not be related to the topic being considered. This came about after an unusually long string of lengthy comments early in a meeting a month ago. After that meeting, district manager Lawrence Blood was approached by audience members who asked him to find a way to limit the length of the comments. Blood's response was the creation of the second comment period with no time limit. A second change to the amendment that will move the announcements period ahead of the first public comments period was made at the suggestion of audience member Dave Bischoff.

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