Town helps fund W. Palm fire­works

Palm Beach Daily News - - OPINION - By ALEESE KOPF

Palm Beach will con­trib­ute a chunk of money to its neigh­bor­ing city’s an­nual Fourth of July fire­works dis­play.

The Town Coun­cil ap­proved Tues­day pay­ing of $12,000 to­ward the city of West Palm Beach’s 4th on Fla­gler wa­ter­front cel­e­bra­tion along Fla­gler Drive.

The free event fea­tures an 18-minute fire­works show, live mu­sic, games, food, drinks and other ac­tiv­i­ties. The city pays about $81,500 for the event after ex­penses and rev­enue, city spokes­woman Kath­leen Wal­ter said. The fire­works cost $75,000, she said.

The town has pre­vi­ously paid to be an “of­fi­cial spon­sor,” in­clud­ing last year.

“Since many Palm Beach res­i­dents en­joy the Fourth on Fla­gler fire­works, we be­lieve this town spon­sor­ship is fair, pro­vides a public ben­e­fit, and is good in­ter­gov­ern­men­tal re­la­tions,” Town Man­ager Tom Brad­ford wrote in a memo to the coun­cil.

The In­de­pen­dence Day cel­e­bra­tion at­tracts more than 120,000 peo­ple. The city bills it as “South Florida’s largest and best Fourth of July cel­e­bra­tion.”

Da­mon Hig­gins / Daily News

West Palm Beach will feature fire­works and live mu­sic for Fourth of July.

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