Town Wants Homeowner to Pay $2K a Day For Massive Christmas Light Display
Some neighbors in Old Bridge, New Jersey are annoyed with a 400,000-Christmas light display and city officials say the homeowner will have to pay.
Tom Apruzzi created his display 15 years ago and has made it a yearly tradition. The light show is synchronized with music and sees about 1,000 spectators each night. Neighbors argue that those crowds and cars make the road too dangerous.
Officials told Apruzzi that he'll need to pay $2,000 each night for police security. That fee includes overtime pay for officers, moveable light posts, and fuel for the lights.
A GoFundMe campaign was started to try and raise enough money for the season, currently it is pretty far from it's $75,000 goal. Apruzzi says the show will go on regardless of the amount of money raised.
"We're not gonna listen to what the police have to say," he said. "It is my First Amendment rights, it has to do with my religion."