Submitted by Suanne Z. Thamm
Reporter – News Analyst
June 27, 2020
This morning Nassau County Manager Mike Mullin issued Executive Order 15 prohibiting commercial displays of fireworks during the local State of Emergency, which includes the 4th of July. The prohibition does not pertain to private, residential properties. The Executive Order cited as justification the increase in COVID-19 positive testing in the county and concerns relating to events that result in large public gatherings. The fireworks may be rescheduled at the end of the emergency, which has been renewed on a weekly basis since March 18, 2020. Any violation of this order is considered a second degree misdemeanor and subjects the violator to a $500 fine and/or up to 60 days in jail. The County Emergency Operations Manager concurred in this Executive Order.
In his weekly report to City Commissioners on June 26, 2020, Fernandina Beach City Manager Dale Martin wrote, “Due to the increase in recent Covid-19 cases and in the interest of community health, the annual downtown Fourth of July fireworks display has been canceled.”