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October 02, 2014
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Narrowsburg fireworks display cancelled


The New York Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is also weighing in on the issue. A DEC endangered species biologist has been in contact with both the municipality and the FWS regarding the issue. Specifics were unavailable by press time.

Last year, the fireworks were sponsored by the Narrowsburg Chamber of Commerce, which estimated the financial cost as “in the thousands.” This year, the fireworks were handed over to the Lava Fire Department, which has been raising funds for the fireworks and has placed a substantial deposit on their purchase.

Local merchants have expressed mixed responses to the display. While some welcome the influx of tourists and cash, others complain that the economic boost is not worth the disruption and the trash tossed into the river from the bridge.

Currently, the plan is to proceed as in recent years with the fireworks being detonated from the ballfield next to the DEC’s public access parking lot along the Delaware River. At issue is whether that location satisfies the restrictions identified in the federal guidelines.

Town supervisor Carol Wingert has been trying to identify an alternate location with little sucess, but is willing to continue exploring other options for the 2013 display.

The National Park Service (NPS) is preparing to provide assistance to minimize any negative impacts that may occur. The NPS air boat will be available and rangers could patrol the area to ward off river users if a bird becomes stranded again.