A popular Fourth of July fireworks show has been cancelled in Bradenton Beach to protect nesting birds that were recently discovered in the area.
It would have been the 22nd year for the fireworks show which is sponsored by the Beach House restaurant at 200 Gulf Drive North on the south end of Anna Maria Island.
The Chiles Restaurant Group announced on Monday that the July 3 show had been cancelled. Black skimmers and lesser terns were discovered nesting on north end of the Beach House property.
The restaurant’s management and staff had been working with the Turtle Watch Group to keep restaurant customers and beachgoers a safe distance from the nests.
“We decided that the risk of disturbing the terns and skimmers or, worse, uprooting them from their nests was one we were not willing to take. We know that our Independence Day fireworks celebrations have been popular among members of our community for over twenty years but the well being of these rare and endangered shore birds needs to come first,” said Chiles Restaurant Group Owner Ed Chiles in an announcement about the cancelled fireworks show.
The Beach House will remain open for dinner on July 3.
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