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It took a village, but the village of Cedar Key and its friends would not allow the traditional July 4th celebration to go without a fireworks show.
Cindy Bonish at Low Key Hideaway and Jamie Griffith of Seabreeze Restaurant among scores of other folks had $7,995 in hand by Tuesday morning, barely enough to assure that the sparklers, roman candles, chrysanthemums, stars and palms will light up the night sky.
The duo started actively raising the money from residents and friends of the island community after the Cedar Key Chamber of Commerce and the Cedar Key City Commission bowed out of sponsoring the show. While they have achieved a small goal, the group is still collecting money.
All checks should be made out to “Cindy Bonish” and can be dropped off at four collection sites: Low-Key Hideaway, Drummond Bank, Sea Breeze Restaurant or the Chamber Welcome Center.
Putting on a fireworks show is nothing new for Bonish and her husband Pat, a photographer and motel co-owner. The couple stepped in in 2012 to foot the bill for the fireworks show behind their business and alerted resident the big boomers could be seen from Cemetery Point.
Cedar Key Fire Department Chief Robert Robinson said the city has agreed to shoot off the fireworks from Cemetery Point as it has in the past. But that was contingent on the fund raising reaching an $11,000 goal.
Stay tuned. We have the faith.