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Jax Beach city officials asking for donations for Fourth of July fireworks

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Updated: 4/29/2013 7:45 am
JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. -- According to Jacksonville Beach city officials next year's 4th of July fireworks could be canceled if the public does not help with the cost.

The city has created an Amazon account and they're asking for donations.

For Jax Beach patrons like Barrian Bow, the fireworks show is one of the best parts of 4th of July.

"The fireworks make it special, it's a really good," said Barrian Bow, beach patron.

According to Jacksonville Beach Mayor, Charlie Latham, the city wants to see how much interest there is in the fireworks display.

"We're asking people to put it in there to help us cover this year and assuming things go well this year we'll have them put it in the budget next year," said Mayor Latham.

According to city officials, it costs $25,000 for about 18 minutes of fireworks.

The mayor says next year's event is not only riding on how much money people will donate but also on how people behave.

"It all depends on how it's run, as long as it's a family centered family celebration, I think we'll be fine. We're counting on everybody to be on their best behavior," said Mayor Latham.

According to Mayor Latham, in the past the 4th of July celebration had turned into a "drunk fest" with large crowds becoming unruly. He says this year they're emphasis is on family.

Ultimately, the 4th of July celebration will be in the hands of beach patrons.

"If you don't help your own community, who will? I think it's a good idea," said Bow.

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