No traffic stops planned for New Years Eve fireworks at Jupiter’s Harbourside

Dec 28, 2017
10-minute fireworks display is planned for New Year's Eve at Harbourside Place in Jupiter (File photo)

Traffic is not scheduled to be stopped on U.S. 1 for the New Year’s Eve fireworks planned for midnight Sunday to light the skies over Harbourside Place.

When Jupiter officials approved the overall “Countdown to 2018” plan earlier this month, there was discussion about closing U.S. 1 north and south of Harbourside during the 10-minute display.

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Police and firefighters will be on duty at the scene. Only if there are unexpected problems would traffic be closed, according to Jupiter records.

“Countdown to 2018” calls for live entertainment at the amphitheater from 6 p.m. - 12:30 a.m.

Outside alcohol sales by approved vendors and licensed tenants will be allowed until midnight. Outside consumption of alcohol will be permitted until 12:30 a.m. within designated event area, according to the agreement.

The event is free and open to the public. 

The fireworks display is planned to be launched from the top of the north parking garage, which is across the Intracoastal Waterway from Waters Edge Estates and other residential neighborhoods.

No parking will be allowed on the parking garage rooftop during the event.

Some Waters Edge Estates residents complained about noise and property damage from the last time fireworks were held, on July Fourth, 2015. 

Those fireworks, launched from a barge on the Intracoastal Waterway about 300 feet from the residential homes, drew about 4,000 people and brought complaints of nearby residents.

Shooting off the fireworks Sunday from the parking garage puts the launching point about 1,100 feet from Waters Edge Estates, according to Harbourside officials.

Known as “close proximity pyrotechnics,” the fireworks to be used on New Year’s Eve are safer and can be controlled easier than regular fireworks, according the a letter to Jupiter from Bunnell, Fla.-based Santore & Sons Inc., the company launching the display. 

Fireworks have been a longtime point of contention between the town and Harbourside Place, which opened in 2014 — with fireworks.