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No 4th of July Fireworks in Marina del Rey in 2011

Annual aerial, waterfront celebration of nation's birth in Marina del Rey has been eliminated due to budget cuts.

There will be no rocket's red glare or bombs bursting in air over the skies of Marina del Rey this coming Independence Day due to budget constraints.

The Department of Beaches and Harbor recently made a quiet announcement on its Web site that there will be no fireworks display July 4, 2011, "due to budget curtailments."

"However, there will still be plenty to do in this popular seaside community," the county department said in its statement. "Hotels, restaurants, retailers and local attractions will be open, parks and beaches are popular, and it will be a great day to get out on the water for fishing, boating and cruising."

The fireworks display has been a popular July Fourth attraction for years in Marina del Rey with boaters lining the channel to watch pyrotechnics explode overhead, while thousands watched the display from the marina's Burton W. Chace Park and Fisherman's Village, or from nearby beaches in Venice and Playa del Rey.

Past displays have been provided by Zambelli Fireworks Internationale, a pyrotechnics company that dates back more than 100 years ago in Italy.

david May 23, 2011 at 01:24 PM
its time to start cutting government,there's way to much corruption in this country now,us average working citizens are taking the cuts for there gains.now no fireworks,whats next,no flags!
Jody May 23, 2011 at 10:32 PM
The flag from the MDR breakwater is already AWOL, and has been for a long time due to "budget constraints". They do what they want to do. We can see what their priorities are, and patriotism and quality of life for MDR's residents is clearly at he bottom of their list. Living here is pathetic.
John May 23, 2011 at 11:00 PM
I think this is a major dissapointment. The city should have announed this months ago and asked for donations to fund the fireworks show. I would have been more than happy to kick in at least $50. In Santa Barbara they have an incredible fireworks show every year that is 100% funded through donations. I can understand the city having to cut back and seeing this as an easy place to save some money, but why not give the community the chance to pay for it?
David Barish May 25, 2011 at 04:21 AM
On the one hand, this is good because the fireworks are damaging to the great blue herons, great egrets and other birdlife that make their homes in the Marina, and very close to where the fireworks are launched from. On the other hand, LA County takes over $30 million per year of profits out of the Marina for the general fund. If Beaches and Harbors had qualified consultants, they would probably realize that the revenues gained from having this major event here would certainly outweigh the costs of the fireworks show. And if it does not, then they are doing something wrong too.
David Barish May 25, 2011 at 04:24 AM
Oh yeah, and LA County Beaches and Harbors spends $12,000 per month on a single lobbyist to the Coastal commission to convince the Commissioners to allow LA County to take even more public land, open space, public parking and boat slips away from the public and to favored developers for private projects. Another consultant with a similar focus makes somewhere around $250k per year for a number of years now. But they cannot afford fireworks? How about the Marina Lessees Association?
Anna Mia Muller, PhD May 26, 2011 at 05:15 PM
i am really glad, we have more than enough noise here at the beach due to the daily disturbances by various helicopters, motorcycles, and beach crowds.
Roy S. May 31, 2011 at 10:06 PM
In actuality Beaches abd Harbors knew about this in March. In meetings with local buisnesses they tried to coerce them into chipping in and paying for this celebration. These are the same businesses that already pay double digit taxes out of their GROSS to the county. The county purposly waited until this past week to place a very low level add so that it would be to late for the citizenry to complain and call their crude behavior to light in time to reverse the decision. Of all the things that the county could cut to save money they decided that this great nations birthday celebration is the place to take a stand. These men are running rouge and think they need not answer to anyone. As for the noise in Marina Del Rey and the beach area, it should be pointed out that these are business and recreational areas. If you chose to live here then you should enjoy all that the area has to offer. If you want to retire and have a nice peaceful, quiet existance I would suggest a place in Malibu.
Brett June 01, 2011 at 05:45 PM
I have lived in MDR for 3 + years now and love it it's a beautiful great place to live and I am sad that now this year I have to drive to another city and spend my money to support their local businesses and economy instead of mine but I guess thats what it has come to these days when your city stops caring about their residents and community
john printy June 05, 2011 at 01:58 AM
I think marina del rey not having fire works this fourth of JULY, I think your going to have alot of people crying foul on that, and not liking that Idea at all I understand its because of budget cuts, but isnt there some other way that marina del rey can still do its fire works, because I think your going to have alot of Dissapointed people in marina del rey this 4th of JULY, I mean I could be wrong on all this, but IM sure they will get over it........
Eric June 30, 2011 at 12:45 AM
I would like to know what Marina Del Rey and the surrounding cites are going to do with all the illegal fireworks the people will fire off on their own, due to no professional show.
Carl June 30, 2011 at 11:09 PM
I guess Zambelli forgot to pay off our County Officials. They should take a lesson from the big developers who are ruining MDR.
Carl June 30, 2011 at 11:13 PM
Maybe we should just replace our County officials who are on the take pandering to big developers with zero interest in maintaining MDR's quality of life and environment. "Government" isn't the problem, but the various criminals who are running government are.
Carl June 30, 2011 at 11:16 PM
No, just time to eliminate the corporate shills who run the government.
summertimefun July 01, 2011 at 07:16 AM
No 2011 Independence Day fireworks?!?!?! The Department of Beaches and Harbor should be ashamed ! Don Knabe, you are not working for me. Give it up!!!
Patch of Sunshine July 01, 2011 at 02:25 PM
Sometimes funds spent to enhance good will within a community is a GOOD use of budget money. No fireworks on 4th of July?!? The Dept of Beaches and Harbors should have found another way to cut corners. This falls in the same category of the idea to keep beach bathrooms closed until 11am.... (glad this was rethought, at least at some local beaches). Surely the dept. could have made an appeal to local businesses for a privately-funded fireworks display. Start thinking outside of the box! Maybe there's a lack funds, but that's no excuse for lacking CREATIVITY. Find different ways to make things work.
kim braun July 05, 2011 at 04:40 AM
It is the 4th of July and there are no fireworks. What a feeling of dispair. Like visiting memorials on Memorial Day, like celebrating the toil of labor on Labor Day, the 4th of July is our celebration of our Independence. For all those who fought in the 1770's and beyond to declare our right to be free, no worries, we will never forget you, as the county slashes our celebration. The celebration that culminates on every 4th of July with fireworks. It is a family affair, one the country was based upon. It is too bad that the taxes received from the businesses, multi-family complexes and single family residents could not cover the cost of our American tradition. Perhaps the county will realize that they, in fact, lost money today as the visitors to the Marina were limited and the businesses lost without the fireworks today, as well as the county. How much money does it take to put on the fireworks?Perhaps if the county set a fee of $ 2 per resident, including per unit in the multi-family complexes and businesses in all of our Marina it would cover the cost. It is a bit frightenening that an American tradition will become extinct rather than allowing the struggles of our fore fathers to be remembered and celebrated forever in our great nation. .

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