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Family seeks to block Patchogue Bay for wedding fireworks

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The U.S. Coast Guard plans to block a section of Patchogue Bay, paving the way for an explosive bridal celebration.

Coast Guard officials announced Monday that a family has applied for closing part of the bay for a wedding on Nov. 3.

Requests for public meetings, comments and other material on the proposal must be received by the Coast Guard before Friday. The Coast Guard will address concerns with its legal staff before making a final determination, expected by October.

If it is approved, the Coast Guard would clear a 1,000 square-foot radius in any direction of navigable water just south of Lombardi’s On the Bay restaurant for “the DeStefano family wedding fireworks display” from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m., according to a news release on the proposal.

Village Mayor Paul Pontieri said he has no objection to the plan, “as long as it’s a small fireworks display.”

The family planning the wedding was not fully identified; phone calls to the restaurant were not immediately returned.

“Anytime there is an event such as fireworks, we try to have a safety zone for it,” said Joseph Graun, U.S. Coast Guard marine science technician. “This is necessary to keep the public and waterway users safe.”

If the fireworks show is canceled, it would be rescheduled for the same time the next day, Coast Guard officials said.

Officials said anyone can fill out a marina event application for events such as a fireworks display as long as they provide specific details.

Tags: Patchogue , bay , block , fireworks , wedding

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