Thursday, June 30, 2011
Ten minutes before the Westport Parks & Recreation Department closed today there were only 30 tickets left for Friday’s fireworks at Compo Beach, said Rick Guinta, the department’s administrative manager.
A sign at the entrance to Compo Beach reminds visitors of the fireworks. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
“We’re going to take the remainder to the Police Department tonight, and if they don’t sell outright, I’ll take back half tomorrow, and well split the difference selling the rest,” Giunta said about the tickets costing $30 each.
A dispatcher at the the Police Department said they had some tickets left, too, but would not give a number. All of the money raised will go to the Police Athletic League, which is sponsoring the event.
“I have a feeling they may not make the night at the Police Department, and they will be sold out,” Giunta added.
If they do, Parks & Recreation Director Stuart McCarthy’s prediction would be right on target.
On Monday he said he expected the 2,000 available tickets to be sold out by Friday. McCarthy also said he expected crowd of more than 10,000 at the annual Fourth of July fireworks event scheduled for sunset. The tickets are for vehicles only, he said, and there will be many walk-in beach goers.
McCarthy also stressed that all guests “show consideration for other beach goers by not trying to reserve huge swaths of beach for themselves or guests.” He said that his department’s staff will be active on the beach to make sure visitors are not cordoning off sections in anticipation of guests arriving later.
Compo Beach will be closed at 4 p.m. on Friday to all but fireworks ticket holders and will reopen as soon as non ticket holders are cleared from the parking areas, McCarthy said. He added that the beach entrance is anticipated to be closed for up to one hour and cars will not be permitted to wait on Compo Beach Road during this period.
Dan DeVito, parks and recreation operations supervisor, suggested fireworks ticket holders avoid delays by being in the beach prior to 4 p.m. or plan to arrive after 5.
Posted 06/30/11 at 11:05 PM Permalink