The Saugerties Village Board has approved a private fireworks show for an October 9 display connected with a wedding at the Diamond Mills Hotel.
Village Mayor Bill Murphy said the fireworks would be shot off from the Esopus Creek on the Village Beach side of the bridge at 9 p.m. Casting a yes vote, the Mayor said he’d like to give it a try and see if it works out. “It could be a nice thing and bring attention to the community,” he said. “It’s only a ten-minute display.”
The Village Board approved the event in a 4-1 vote. Trustee Brian Martin cast the lone no vote.
Murphy said while Saugerties Fire Department Chief Chris Wade was against the idea, Saugerties Police Department Chief Joseph Sinagra didn’t disapprove of the plan.
Voting yes, Trustee Don Hackett said his only concern was traffic problems from motorists stopping on the bridge to watch the fireworks. Murphy reassured Hackett that the police and fire departments would handle any traffic control.
“I don’t see a problem, it sounds good for the community,” Hackett said. When a concern was brought up about the proposed height of the display of 150 feet with a 100-feet fallout area, Hackett said higher is better because it gives things more chance to burn out as they fall.
Trustee Vincent Buono said he was amazed when he saw a firework display over Lake George while staying at the Sagamore Hotel in Bolten Landing. “It’d be nice to see this out on the water,” he said.
The board said they want to remind residents to respect that it will be a private display connected with a wedding and people should not flock to the beach to watch it like it’s a public display.