SUISUN CITY — Three nonprofits were chosen Tuesday to be the first to sell fireworks within the city’s limits since 1983.
The three groups chosen are Suisun American Little League, Suisun City Historic Waterfront Business Improvement District and Solano Aquatic Sea Otters. Based on an estimate put together by one of the fireworks’ wholesalers, the groups could potentially earn upward of $15,000 each, said Scott Corey, the city’s marketing manger.
Three locations will be set up in various parts of the city with a group at each site. Sales will begin June 28 in accordance with state law.
After 50 percent of the proceeds goes to the wholesaler, 52 percent goes to the city and 48 percent stays with the nonprofit. The city’s share will be used as a revenue source to fund special events, a category of city spending that was previously funded with redevelopment money.
Included in the special events is the Fourth of July celebration. The sale of safe and sane fireworks will give the city an ongoing funding source for the event, which costs between $80,000 and $100,000.
The city’s first ordinance limiting fireworks was in 1933 when it became legal to only set off fireworks in the town square, Corey said. In 1983, it became illegal to possess fireworks in the city.
Suisun City joins Dixon and Rio Vista as the only cities that sell safe and sane fireworks in Solano County. Corey said he hasn’t heard concerns from neighboring cities about Suisun’s plans to allow the sale of fireworks.
“I would hope if they had any strong feelings they would have let us know by now,” he said.
Corey said other cities may follow suit and allow fireworks sales.
“It is something many communities are investigating in these days of tight budgets,” he said.
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