Suisun City

Suisun City chooses nonprofits to sell fireworks

By From page A5 | May 23, 2012

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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  • trish hamiltonMay 23, 2012 - 2:48 pm

    so there will only be 7 days of firework sales??? and don't the numbers percentages add up to 150%??

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  • Mr. PracticalMay 23, 2012 - 5:18 pm

    Trish, fireworks are seasonal and 7 days should provide residents enough time to make a purchase. It would be a huge strain on the participating non-profits to try to operate the fireworks sales any longer than that.

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  • EMay 23, 2012 - 3:17 pm

    Trish, the first 50% of the sales goes to the retailer. The remaining 50% gets divided 52% to city and 48% to the non profit.

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  • IntriguedMay 26, 2012 - 9:54 am

    Interesting how Waterfront Improvement District was chosen as part of the city's "lottery". It's my understanding that over 70 non-profit groups were interested in selling fireworks to help fund their programs. Now I'm sure some of them probably didn't meet the qualifications or weren't able to provide the submittals the city was asking for but I would think there was still a pretty good sized qualifying group. The city is strong arming the non-profits for 52% of their earned profits to fund special events downtown. The Waterfront Improvement District also funds special events downtown. So you could say that nearly 100 percent of the sales from that one booth will to special downtown events which draw people, which in turn profits downtown businesses. Pretty slick way to fund high priced advertising huh?? This at the expense of other non-profits geared towards youth, sports, education, church..... being unfortunate in not winning the city's fireworks booth "lottery".

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