City seeks fire pit donors

The city has launched a Web site where people can donate to the fund supporting beach fire pits using their credit cards, Mayor Jerry Sanders announced Friday.

Funding for the fire pits was secured in the city budget through June 30, 2010, by a $259,500 donation from an anonymous benefactor. The City Council had cut the funding to close a midyear budget deficit.

Since the city kicked off the donation program, it has received only $180, leaving a remainder of $172,820. The city needs to fill that gap by Dec. 15 to ensure its inclusion in the mayor’s proposed budget.

The donated funds are managed by the city’s Corporate Partnership Program and can be monitored by the public on the department’s Web site,

  1. In addition, as part of the site, the city is asking fire pit lovers to submit their family photos taken during activities around fire pits. Select photos will be displayed on the fire pit page.

In the event that deposits made to the program do not reach an amount sufficient to keep the program in the budget, donors will be notified in writing and offered the opportunity to redirect their donation to other city programs or seek a refund, the mayor’s news release states.
For more information about the Fire Pit Program and other fundraising opportunities, contact Jenny Wolff at (619) 236-7002 or