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So in your commentary, you exclaim the benefits of the firework display for businesses on the island. Yet, the Chamber of Commerce is not able to generate enough business and private contributions from its members, which you claim is in their self interest.
So I ask, is the business community not that interested in supporting the fireworks display as evidenced in donation shortfalls...., that it needs Farmers Market proceeds?
In my world the Farmers Market is supported by residents by virtue of sales. And the vendors that pay the city to sell wares at the Farmers Market do so because they wish to make some money and see it as a viable venue. So now you want the city to pay for fireworks? How about the city use this money to improve its streets and infrastructure. Hey maybe actually use it to improve Market Center .... Instead of subsidizing a display for tourism and hotel revenue?
Why is it. when private donations miss the mark the city needs to bail them out. Have we had enough misappropriation of public monies? The city has higher priorities and responsibilities that are neglected. Items in which the city is solely responsible to manage, like sidewalks and parks.
And if I have any sense of city property, the fireworks are not even performed on city property and/or managed by the city!
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