Pe­ti­tion to ban fire­works at golf club

Ea­gles Nest is work­ing with the city and fire­works provider to calm con­cerns

Richmond Hill Post - - News - by Jes­sica Wei

On March 17, the Ea­gles Nest Golf Club set off its first round of fire­works of the sea­son to cel­e­brate a wed­ding hosted at the club. Res­i­dents took to Face­book to voice their con­cerns as some Thorn­hill Woods res­i­dents com­plained that they had heard the fire­works from as far as Bathurst Street and Ruther­ford Road, and oth­ers claimed that the sound had wo­ken up their small chil­dren. Vaughan res­i­dent Daniel Granat took the op­por­tu­nity to send a let­ter to the mayor’s of­fice to re­mind him of this on­go­ing is­sue.

“[Ea­gles Nest] been do­ing it for a long time. But it wasn’t as strong as it was, and now it’s un­bear­able,” said Granat. “I was the one who first spoke about it to the city, but I can see now it’s not only me. It’s ev­ery­one. I can agree with some peo­ple there. It def­i­nitely feels like gun­shots.”

Last De­cem­ber, Granat cir­cu­lated a pe­ti­tion with more than 250 sig­na­tures re­quest­ing that the golf club end its fire­works dis­plays. Af­ter he made a dep­u­ta­tion to Vaughan City Coun­cil, he was told that they would con­tinue to mon­i­tor the sit­u­a­tion.

Neil Wil­ner, the di­rec­tor of sales and mar­ket­ing at Ea­gles Nest, said that the club has worked with Fire­mas­ter Pro­duc­tions, the fire­works provider, to keep the ve­loc­ity of the fire­works down. He also added that they have abided by the 10 p.m. cut-off for fire­works and have kept their dis­plays down to five min­utes.

“We’re talk­ing five min­utes,” said Wil­ner. “A thun­der­storm can be a lot longer in du­ra­tion and just as noisy.”

Lo­cal coun­cil­lor San­dra Ye­ung Racco said that she has asked the own­ers of Ea­gles Nest to try to re­lo­cate the fire­works to a lo­ca­tion where it would have the least im­pact on sur­round­ing homes.

“Af­ter con­sult­ing with my Fire De­part­ment and the By-law and Com­pli­ance De­part­ment, staff con­firmed that they had se­cured the ap­pro­pri­ate per­mits, and they were com­pli­ant with our by-law, and as such, there is no is­sue that we can bring for­ward,” Ye­ung Racco wrote in an email to Post City. “We need to be fair, and as long as they com­ply to our by-law, we re­ally don’t have any is­sues.”

How­ever, Granat said he was con­cerned that, when the weather warms up, there will be more dis­rup­tive fire­works. Cur­rently, Ea­gles Nest has six per­mits for fire­works events that have been booked be­tween the time of this writ­ing un­til the end of Novem­ber.

I can agree with some peo­ple there. It def­i­nitely feels like gun­shots.”

The en­trance of Ea­gles Nest Golf Club

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