Public hearing, vote comes Wednesday for Bradenton trespass ordinance

nwilliams@bradenton.comJanuary 22, 2013 

BRADENTON -- The Bradenton City Council will decide Wednesday whether to create the city's first trespass ordinance for city-owned property.

The decision will come during a meeting set for 6 p.m. at City Hall. A second reading of the proposed ordinance will precede the hearing, after which council members could vote to implement the measure.

The first reading of the ordinance was held Jan. 9.

Bradenton police requested the measure as part of its effort to ban law breakers and troublemakers from the skate park at Riverwalk in downtown Bradenton.

Some local skateboarders have supported the request, saying it will deter criminal activity.

Police said fights and other incidents involving non-skateboarders have occurred at the park. A tower has since been set up at the skate park to help officers monitor the crowds.

If issued a citation, offenders would be banned from the public property for one year.

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