Dana Point to cut costs of special events

July 3, 2017 by  

Dana Point’s City Council has recently voted to make up its projected short falls by scaling back expenses for several of its annual city sponsored events.

Mayor Debra Lewis suggested that the deficit be addressed by raising the fees for developer permits and cutting the budget of the city attorney. The council, however, decided to make cuts to the summer concert series, the city’s fireworks show, the movies in the park, and money spent on the yearly Easter egg hunt. Additionally, the Dana Point Symphony and the Dana Point Grand Prix will have the money they receive from the city reduced.

Beginning in 2018, the city’s popular Independence Day fireworks show is to be cut from its usual 28 minutes down to 20 minutes. This will reduce the city’s cost from the $190,000 that is to be spent for the upcoming extravaganza to about $160,000 the following year. However, local businesses pointed out that cutting back on the fireworks may also cut the revenue that it brings in for the local hospitality industry, as well as the city via its bed tax.

As other events, such as the summer concert series and the Grand Prix draw out-of-town visitors, raise revenues for local businesses, many entrepreneurs may wish to become more active in their use of promotional products.