The city of Morro Bay contributed $5,000 to the Harbor Festival this year. As a taxpayer, I do not want any of this “gift” to support fireworks.
The city could use that money for police, fire and harbor patrol as they oversee visitors who attend these events and need assistance.
The Coastal Commission requires a permit for fireworks over the bay; has the city gotten this permit?
Wildlife and domestic pets are frightened by the boom and flashing from fireworks.
The city labels itself a bird sanctuary. City representatives say they value our wildlife and want to encourage people to come here and enjoy it — but fireworks say otherwise.
We have a lovely increased population of shorebirds in our estuary in October, the bay is home to our endangered sea otters (with new babies added to their group), we have seals and sea lions, and many other animals.
We are fortunate to have the endangered peregrine falcon nesting and raising young on Morro Rock.
We have a bay and sand spit full of wildlife that will be frightened away by this needless display.
I oppose fireworks at the Harbor Festival and will not attend the event this year.