Scarborough recently rejected a ban on consumer fireworks, so that effective Jan. 1 it will be legal for residents to set off fireworks between 9 a.m. and 10 p.m. 365 days a year. This is in direct violation of the existing noise ordinance, which states that “loud, offensive noises are prohibited” that “annoy, disturb, injure or endanger the comfort, repose, health, peace and safety of others.”
Town Councilor Richard Sullivan voted to allow fireworks, yet he was opposed to the proposed public park at Black Point and additional on-street parking at Higgins Beach because, he is quoted in The Forecaster as saying, it is important to preserve “peace and tranquility” of the residents.
What kind of town do we live in that seeks to limit access to those of us who want to spend the day at the beach because it would be a nuisance to neighboring people, but supports the “right” of others to set off dangerous and loud explosives day and night every day of the year?
Don’t let the town take away our right to the safe, quiet and peaceful enjoyment of our homes. There will be an ordinance committee meeting in January. I encourage residents to speak out to tell the town that they need to place reasonable limits on fireworks to protect the rights of all residents.