Fourth of July committee seeks assistance from community


The Villagers will perform at the Centennial Building on May 23 help raise funds for the annual Fourth of July celebration.

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Published: Thursday, May 8, 2014 at 09:21 AM.

This year, the success of the Fourth of July celebration will fall to the people.

Two months ago, Port St. Joe Mayor Mel Magidson sanctioned a committee to plan the annual Fourth of July festivities with the intent of placing the ownership on the public.

Due to economic hardships, many communities have foregone their fireworks displays due to the high cost associated with them.

Not wanting to cancel anything, the committee, consisting of Helen Magidson, Mike Lacour, Steve Kerigan, Barbara Radcliff, Charlotte Pierce, Terese Kent, Ann Jarosz and Dana Boyer quickly secured a $5,000 donation from the Tourist Development Council to combine with $5,000 raised during last summer’s Centennial Celebration events.

“Everybody loves the fireworks,” said committee member Steve Kerigan, “They’re a hometown tradition and, while in the past, local government paid for them, this year the money’s just not there.”

Not wanting to put financial pressures on local businesses that get tapped for many events throughout the year, the committee decided to look to the public for assistance in getting the fireworks display off the ground and into the sky.

The committee is seeking those citizens to donate $10-$25 dollars to help ensure that this year’s Independence Day celebration rivals all of those that came before it.

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