This year there will once again be spectacular fireworks shot from a barge off the beach. The oohs and aahs should be almost as loud as the exploding rockets. Adults and kids will be dazzled and delighted even as dogs tremble and hide.
Fireworks cost money, and this year is no exception. Fortunately some donors have stepped up since the city is not able to fund the show completely, although the city donated $10,000, a sizeable portion of this year’s expense, through the City of Marco Island’s Community Grant program. Johnson Brothers, the company constructing the new bridge, has graciously donated the barge for this year’s show. An additional $9,000 was raised by Parks and Rec staff through a scooter raffle. Bryan Milk, Parks and Rec Director, received a check from MICA President Bernardo Bezos for $4,200. Other donations included: Marriott $2,500, Hilton $1,000, Hideaway Beach Association $1,000, LCEC $500, MIAAOR $500, CJs on the Bay $500, Victoria Tracy $300, Marco Island Clothing $200, Mr. and Ms. Meier $200 and other smaller donations were made for a grand total of $11,300.
In addition to the fireworks, MICA will be staging a bunch of activities: a disk jockey from noon until 9:30 PM; a hot dog eating contest; kids’ games; crafts; a sandcastle building contest; and food, beer; wine and soda at the concession stand. Entrance to the Residents’ Beach will be limited to members only, and non-members can use access points at the south end of the island, the Madeira or Tigertail. From those access points they can walk up or down the beach to get a better view of the show.