Palmetto mobile food vendor fate to be settled in June

jtate@bradenton.comMay 21, 2013 

PALMETTO -- The Palmetto City Commission decided Monday night to discuss a mobile food vendor ordinance June 3 and the public is invited.

"During the June 3 meeting we want to hear from the community," said City Clerk Jim Freeman.

The new regulations will deter parking on private property or food truck vendors blocking rights-of-way, which has been an issue for residents and business owners.

Two weeks after the public meeting, the city commission will vote on the ordinance June 17.

Also during the 20-minute meeting, the commission considered an ordinance to rezone properties approximately 200 feet east of Eighth Avenue West.

"There are three different properties with similar uses but the zoning is different," said Freeman. "They are trying to get it into a consistent zoning for all of the properties."

Considering the few duplexes in the area, the city wants to change zoning from single family residential and multiple residential to duplex and single family residential.

The public hearing for the zoning change is June 3.

In other business:

• Phase three for reconstruction of Sutton Park was presented by Jon and Vickie Moore, owners of Moore 2 Design LLC. Plans for the park's rest room include a separate area for baby changing.

City commissioners suggested sinks and toilets suitable for small children be included. Jeff Burton, director of the Palmetto Redevelopment agency, said phase four of the project could include a walkway or children's play area. The CRA will fund the improvements although costs are undetermined at this stage of planning.

• Manatee County has begun construction at Blackstone Park. Four to five inches of dirt have been removed to level the ground and bring the new field consistency.

"That's really the first thing that they are doing and then they'll move toward construction," said Freeman.

The county will provide the city monthly progress updates. Initial target completion date is tentatively fall 2014.

• Police Chief Rick Wells said the police department will have extra bodies on hand to deal with any possible last day of school antics, which will include cops on bikes patrolling school areas.

"We are ready for the last day of school," said Wells.

JANEY TATE, City of Bradenton and Palmetto Reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7041. You can follow her on Twitter at Janey_Tate.

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