SOUTH SHORE – Apollo Beach will ring in the New Year with a bang when Circles Waterfront Restaurant, 1212 Apollo Beach Blvd., hosts the largest fireworks show in the state.
To celebrate 2014, Circles owner Vic Granowicz has arranged a midnight pyrotechnics display over the harbor, which will be visible to residents throughout South Shore.
“Circles just wanted to do something special for the community,” said restaurant manager Jenna Simpson. “So we put in $5,000 and then reached out to local businesses for additional donations.”
The donations amounted to $27,500, making the Apollo Beach fireworks show the biggest in Florida, according to the Pyrotecnico: Vitale Family Fireworks, which will launch the fireworks from a barge behind the waterfront restaurant. The next largest show will take place in Fort Myers where organizers are spending $25,000 on its fireworks.
In addition to the fireworks, Circles will host a community New Year’s celebration starting at 3 p.m. at its tiki bar and a tent on the restaurant’s property, featuring drink specials and local bands.
The rock cover band, Luna Blue, will take the stage at 6 p.m. and continue playing until 2 a.m. There is no fee to attend the outdoor celebration.
“We’ve added a couple of portable bars outside to serve the crowd,” said Simpson. “People can come and listen to the music and enjoy the fireworks from the lawn.”
The restaurant will be open. However, Simpson said the seatings at 4, 6, 8 and 10 p.m. are already booked.
For more information, call (813) 641-3275.
D’Ann Lawrence White is a freelance writer who can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.