DeBary’s Independence Day festival has a new party planner.
The City Council, on a 4-1 vote Wednesday, hired a small Ormond Beach company for $10,000 to run DeBary’s biggest annual party – the daylong Fourth of July festival at Gemini Springs Park.
Concerns about professionals
City Council member Stephen Bacon cast the lone dissenting vote against the arrangement with Festival Designs, echoing previous concerns about having professionals- instead of volunteers– running the show.
Volunteers still needed
“I think the community needs to get involved again,” Bacon said.
Parks and Recreation Director John Fletcher noted that Festival Designs will still use volunteers to help run the show, which draws 7,000 to 10,000 attendees from across Central Florida.
Festival Designs will also have to work with DeBary’s fireworks vendor, Creative Pyrotechnics of Orlando. DeBary hired Creative Pyrotechnics for $20.000 last April. The deal can be renewed for two years at $20,000 for each show.Festival Designs,
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