No fireworks on St. Simons this year. This according to Glynn County Commissioner Dr. Peter Murphy in his appearance on Scott Ryfun's Straight Talk this morning on 98.7 WGIG. Murphy was asked by a caller about the possibility of opening our baseball fields to tournaments sponsored by traveling teams, and while he was optimistic the fields would be reopened for those events this summer, he added a less-than-optimistic note about the traditional 4th of July fireworks display the county usually sponsors from the pier in the St. Simons Village. “I think somebody called the other day about the 4th of July fireworks,” Murphy said, “Those have actually been canceled.”
When his statement was met with disappointment, Murphy continued, “It’s got to be the right thing to do. We just don’t know where we’re going to be five weeks from now or six weeks from now. We just don’t know what the situation’s going to be.”
Murphy was also concerned about spending the money in an era that is being marked by decreasing tax revenues and a projected budget deficit of nearly $2 million. “It’s an expenditure that’s upwards of thirty-five thousand dollars. I’m not even sure the companies are going to plan to do these things in this kind of environment we have of uncertainty.”
No word on whether the company usually contracted by the county would, in fact, be willing to put on the display if the county asked.