The proceeds have not been completely tallied, but nonprofit organizations are still reporting a good turnout for firework sales in Suisun City.
“I think it was definitely a worthwhile venture for our organization,” said Paul Mazzarelle, Solano Aquatic Sea Otters' coach.
Mazzarelle was one of the volunteers that helped sell fireworks at the Sea Otter’s booth that was located at Marina Boulevard and Highway 12. He said that the booths became busier as Independence Day came closer, so
much so that more volunteers had to be called in to help with the increase in customers.
“We had to triple our staffing over the weekend and on the Fourth and the day before the Fourth because it was just so incredibly busy,” Mazzarelle said. “Four or five people just couldn’t meet the needs of all of the customers.”
The fireworks and continued until July 4 at 9 p.m. In addition to the Marina and Highway 12 location, booths were also set up at the Heritage Shopping Center and Sunset Shopping Center and were staffed with volunteers from nonprofits that would split the profits with the
city. The nonprofits included Solano Aquatic Sea Otters, Suisun American Little League, Suisun Titans Youth Football and Cheer, and Suisun City Historic Waterfront Business Improvement District.
Suisun City, Dixon and Rio Vista were the only cities in Solano County that allowed fireworks to be used. In Suisun City, there were special restrictions of the type of fireworks allowed as well as the times they could be used. Buyers visiting the fireworks booths were reported to have come from
as far as Sacramento to purchase what was called Safe N Sane fireworks, those that do not fly or explode. The use of the fireworks was a cause for concern for many. Though Fairfield's fireworks booth had a small trash can fire,
Solano Aquatic Sea Otters reported selling over $85,000 worth of fireworks. The nonprofit’s Treasurer, Lisa Strong, said before the final amount could be determined, sales would need to be split between Suisun City, state taxes, and the fireworks company. Still, the nonprofit seems to be satisfied with the amount of sales, thus far.
“It was a phenomenal fundraiser,” Strong said.