Letters to the Editor

Viewpoint: Give credit where it’s due

Morro Bay 4th Inc. is a nonprofit corporation made up entirely of community volunteers that was formed last summer with the specific purpose of taking over the Morro Bay Fourth of July celebration and fireworks display from the Chamber of Commerce.

Contrary to the reporting in The Tribune, it has been Morro Bay 4th Inc. that has gone out into the community, held several successful fundraisers and brought in enough donated money to ensure the return of fireworks over the bay on July 4, 2010.

To set the record straight, the Chamber of Commerce has been helpful in assisting us and has donated $2,500 to the event, for which we are very grateful. But it is Morro Bay 4th Inc. that is responsible for bringing back fireworks and hosting the Independence Day celebrations in Morro Bay, not the Chamber of Commerce.

The Tourism Business Improvement District was most generous in awarding $10,000 this year and others such as Osaka Joe’s Sushi, Tognazzini’s Dockside Too, El Dorado Broadcasters, Morro Dunes RV Park, Hay Printing, Embarcadero Inn, Bob’s Big Boy and Bayshore Realty are major contributors as well.

We’ve also been blessed with the support of countless residents, business owners and visitors who have attended and made donations at every event we’ve held and through donation cans distributed all over the city. This has truly been a community-wide effort.

We wish to let everyone know that fireworks will be back this year along with our annual family fun picnic and music show at Tidelands Park starting at 1 p.m. and continuing until the fireworks show at about 9:15 p.m.

An exciting new event this year, a bike parade, complete with police bicycle escorts, starts at noon at the Rock and tours the waterfront ending at Tidelands right before opening ceremonies at 1 p.m. The event is free, family-friendly and alcohol-free. We have numerous activities being planned for the kids, lots of great food, fun music and more.

Our celebration will also be broadcast live on Charter Cable Channel 20 in Morro Bay for our home-bound neighbors and streamed over the Internet on www.slo-span.org. El Dorado Broadcasters will carry live radio coverage the day of the event.

We continue to raise funds and welcome PayPal donations through our website at: www.morrobay4th.org or through the donation cans around town. It is our goal to build an organization that will exist in perpetuity and continue to have fireworks and family-friendly festivities for future generations to enjoy while enhancing our Central Coast community for residents and visitors alike.

So please, Madame Editor, let’s give credit where credit is properly due and try and gather another bouquet for the Morro Bay 4th Inc. committee members and volunteers, recognizing their many hours of dedicated work. We promise not to give you a brickbat. Jeff Eckles is the president of Morro Bay 4th Inc.