Whether we were diligent or just plain lucky, the Fourth of July fireworks Armageddon predicted by some because of the very dry brush and grass failed to materialize -- at least in Dublin.
It appears there were a couple of smoking Dumpsters because some legal fireworks were discarded while they were still hot, but that appears to be the worst of it. And, any new calls in the city to do away with fireworks sales are likely going to go up in smoke, too. Simply put, there's too much support.
"The people I've spoken with overwhelmingly support out current policies, and they look forward to fireworks each year, not only for the fun they provide but also for the funds they generate for our community," said Councilmember David Haubert.
Fireworks booth sales are the top fundraiser for a number of Dublin nonprofits that would be financially challenged without them and doubtlessly would apply some intense pressure against any attempt to change city laws.
The city's municipal code, in case you didn't know, allows Dublin residents to buy and use fireworks on their private property any time during the period when fireworks are sold, which is usually June 28 through noon July 5.
There were 16 fireworks booths in the city this year. The number is determined by population. A booth is allowed for every 3,000 residents, according to Dublin city spokesperson Lori Taylor. According to the California Finance Department, which is the source for the city's population statistics, Dublin had 53,462 residents on Jan. 20 -- which includes the nearly 1,100 female inmates at the low-security federal prison. That population doesn't count from a fireworks booth allocation perspective. Given the still increasing population, it's expected that an additional booth may be on the horizon for next year.
By the way, Dublin is the third fastest-growing city in California from a percentage (7 percent between 2013 and 2014) basis, and is the 164th largest city in the state, just a few hundred people behind three to four cities in front of us.
Splatter it up: Mark your calendars for the third annual Splatter food, wine and art festival. I'll have more on this year's festival in the coming weeks, but for now, set aside Sept. 20 from noon until 8 p.m. at Emerald Glen Park in Dublin.
Interestingly, this year's festival conflicts with Dublin High's Homecoming weekend, and there a few concerns that high school student volunteers for the Splatter festival may be in short supply.
Traditionally, homecoming takes place in October, but I'm told that Dublin High School football coach John Wade wanted it moved up this year before Diablo Foothill Athletic League games begin.
While the game is, naturally, on a Friday night, the homecoming dance is on Saturday, Sept. 20, which is why some students who have or may have an interest in volunteering may be unavailable this year.
Contact Alan Elias at firstname.lastname@example.org.