Fireworks stand application deadline set
Those in non-profit organizations hoping to make money next year from the sale of fireworks should mark May 9 on their calendars.
The De Soto City Council amended last Thursday the ordinance regulating the sale and use of fireworks by restricting the number of stands in the city to six and establishing a lottery as a way to dole out permits.
Permit applications will be accepted each year starting on the second Friday in May, which falls on May 9 in 2008. Should there be more than six applications, the city council will have a drawing for permits. The names of two alternates also will be drawn.
The council first allowed the sale and use of fireworks in the city in 2006 after years of ineffectively banning their use of fireworks in De Soto. Two non-profit organizations took advantage of the change to operate fireworks stands the first year and four of them had stands last month.
Alarmed at the number of stands she saw crowding some small communities while on a July trip, Councilwoman Mitra Templin suggested the city limit the number of stands.