Agreement with H.P Purdon & Company for Sponsorship of 2016 Big Bay Boom July 4th Fireworks Show


SCH Number
Lead Agency
San Diego Unified Port District
Document Title
Agreement with H.P Purdon & Company for Sponsorship of 2016 Big Bay Boom July 4th Fireworks Show
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption

Document Description
The proposed project is the 2016 Big Bay Boom July 4th Fireworks Show, which will take place in north San Diego Bay on July 4, 2016 (2016 show). The District will enter into a sponsorship agreement with the event organizer to provide sponsorship in the form of District funding and services for the event, a free outdoor fireworks display that will last for approximately 18 minutes. The Big Bay Boom July 4th Fireworks Show is a recurring event that has taken place annually for approximately 18 minutes. The 2016 show will be the same size, duration and in the same locations as the 2015 event. As in previous years, the 2016 show does not require construction of any on-land support facilities, and no admission fee will be charged. The 2016 show will require the placement of four barges, moved by tug boats, in the San Diego Bay near Seaport Village, the Embarcadero, Harbor Island, and Shelter Island, within the jurisdiction of the State Lands Commission. The San Diego Harbor police department and the U.S. Coast Guard will provide safety oversight for the vent. In addition, 16 volunteer safety patrol boats will be used to ensure that private boats stay a safe distance from the barges. The barges will be removed immediately after the fireworks display. As part of the 2016 show, the Applicant will implement the following project features, which are more particularly described in Attachment A of the 2016 agreement.

Contact Information
Mayra Medel
San Diego Unified Port District
3165 Pacific Highway P.O. Box 120488
San Diego, CA 92101

Phone : (619) 686-6598


San Diego
San Diego

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
S:15304,15311 C:4,11
Reasons for Exemption
The 2016 Show was determined to be exempt under the California Coastal Commission's certified regulatory program on November 4, 2016. Additionally, the 2016 show is Categorically Exempt Pursuant to California Environmentally Quality Act (CEQA) Guidelines Sections 15304 (Minor alterations to Land), 15311 (Accessory Structures), and/or 153232 (Normal Operations of Facilities for Public Gatherings) and Sections 3.d (6) and/or 3.i (1) of the District's Guidelines for Compliance with CEQA. The 2016 show will be of the same size, duration and locations of the previous years' shows. The 2016 show also is a temporary event that would not involve the removal of mature, scenic trees, would have negligible or no permanent effects on the environment, would involve the placement of minor structures accessory to existing facilities, and would consist of the normal operations of existing facilities for public gatherings.

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