2017-06-28 / Front Page

Tighter security at MPK's July 3 fireworks celebration

By Ronald Scaglia

There will be enhanced security this year at the annual fireworks display in Massapequa Park Village. Responding to recent events that have taken place around the world, the Village Board approved the hiring of EMG Security to ensure the public’s safety at the much-anticipated event that will be held on Monday, July 3 in Mansfield Park at the end of Walker Street.

 Security personnel will inspect all bags and coolers brought into the park as part of the enhanced security measures. Additionally, to prevent unauthorized access, trucks will be at the front entrance to the park on Walker Street, as well as at the two back exits leading to the Massapequa Preserve.

Also, extra lighting will also be provided and parking inside the park will be limited to 25 spaces reserved for vehicles with handicapped parking permits.

 Massapequa Park Mayor Jeffrey Pravato said he has coordinated with the Nassau County Police Department, Town of Oyster Bay Public Safety, and local fire departments to prepare for the fireworks show. He said he is confident that the measures being taken will ensure the safety of all those who attend the annual Independence Day celebration.

 “We’ve taken the measures we felt we’ve needed to take in these times,” Pravato said.

 The mayor said that EMG Security will provide nine security personnel at the event, who are fully vetted by EMG and who are either active or retired police officers. They will be paid $30 an hour.  

 “For the safety of our residents, it’s not that big of a cost to have these officers there,” the mayor said.

 Pravato added that Dairy Queen will be giving Massapequa Park $7,500 to sponsor the fireworks show. Other sponsors are being sought as well.


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