West Shore, Squaw fireworks canceled
July 2, 2008
The crescent moon will be the only light over the lake Saturday night as the regular fireworks show on Tahoe’s West Shore is canceled this year.
“We were trying to get it together, but we just couldn’t get it done in time,” said Mike Nicholls, general manager of West Shore Cafe, the elegant restaurant that sponsors the light show.
Nicholls said the show was canceled because of logistics. The company that ran the fireworks last year went out of business. West Shore contracted a new company, but was having trouble renting a barge in time.
“Rather than do something haphazard, we decided we would rather postpone it this year,” Nicholls said.
The cancellation of the regular July 5 show will have a significant monetary impact on the restaurant, which last year charged people to attend. The money made did not go toward the cost of the event, Nicholls said, because West Shore Cafe Owner Nate Topol personally paid for the fireworks to showcase the restaurant.
Aside from money, the decision will be inconvenient for the 100 or so people who planned to watch the show. Those who have made reservations have been notified so they can make other plans. The restaurant will be open Saturday, but is not hosting any special events to replace the fireworks.
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West Shore Cafe has sponsored fireworks on the West Shore for about a dozen years, minus some years while the new restaurant was being built. Although the restaurant plans to bring back the fireworks next year, Nicholls said, the decision to cancel this year’s show may bring more people to Kings Beach for tonight’s fireworks show or to Tahoe City for Friday’s fireworks.
Other fireworks shows may also cater to people in Squaw Valley, as the fireworks in Squaw are also canceled this year.
After four years of fireworks in Squaw, the show was canceled last year because it posed a significant fire danger. The decision was made when the Squaw Valley Business Association complied with fire officials’ strong recommendation to cancel the show, said Liz Hill, who works with events in the valley.
Fireworks shows in Squaw face issues that others do not because the show takes place over land.
“It just doesn’t make sense with all the fires going on,” Hill said. “One spark and we could light up Squaw.”