Weed Abatment Program Update
The weed abatement contractor for the District has completed mowing of vacant parcels within the District, and invoices have been sent to the owners of said parcels for services rendered. Those fees not paid by the given deadline of August 1 will appear on the upcoming FY 2018-2019 Property Tax bills. To see a full list of parcels included in this seasons Weed Abatement services, visit our Weed Abatement Page.
4th of July - Celebrate Safely!
According to recent CPSC Data, an average of 250 people go to the emergency room every day with fireworks-related injuries in the month around the July 4th holiday. Celebrate safely and smart this season, by refraining from the use of consumer fireworks!
Fireworks are illegal in all parts of unincorporated Santa Cruz County including areas covered by the Aptos/La Selva Fire District, which includes Aptos, La Selva Beach, Day Valley and Rio Del Mar. Fireworks purchased in Watsonville shall remain and be used within the city limits of Watsonville. Use of fireworks outside of Watsonville city limits can result in fines of up to $1000!
Safe and fun local activities for the 4th include: The Worlds Shortest Parade on Soquel Dr. (near State Park), the La Selva Beach 4th of July parade, the “Party in the Park” event at Aptos Village Park, the Firecracker 5k/10k race at Harvey West Park in Santa Cruz, or the professionally produced fireworks shows at Skypark in Scotts Valley, or the “Fire in the Sky” show at Watsonville Airport.
For more info on Aptos-specific events, visit the Aptos Chamber of Commerce website at www.aptoschamber.com.
NOTE: Our Admin Office will be closed on Wednesday, July 4th, for the holiday. Please call the SCR911 office at 831-471-1121 to report any sightings of illegal fireworks (note: please try to obtain accurate address info before reporting, to aid responders). Messages left on the Admin. phone will not be heard until Thursday, July 5th.
BBQ Grilling Safety
The Fourth of July is the #1 grilling holiday in the U.S., with around 87% of Americans celebrating by throwing or attending a backyard cookout. As fun as these are, it’s also a time to be particularly aware of fire safety (in 2015, a whopping 8,600 fires were started at 4th of July BBQ events). This short yet informative video from the NFPA gives some very helpful tips for those planning to fire up the grill this holiday: