Bradenton City Council approves $20 fee for roadside vendors

BRADENTON -- The Bradenton City Council today approved charging a $20 license application fee for roadside vendors who sell barbecue, T-shirts and any other items in the city

The council approved the proposal as part of the consent agenda for its meeting, which included other routine items. There was no discussion and the vote was 5-0.

According to the resolution establishing the policy, the fee is intended to cover the cost of filing and tracking such permits. Applicants also will have to pay attorney fees to the city if needed to process a permit or for applicants approved by the city that result in litigation, according to the resolution.

In other business, the council:

- Unanimously approved allowing the Old Main Street Merchants Inc. to close a portion of Old Main Street (12th Street West) for an Independence Day event on the night of July 4, despite concerns expressed by the police and fire departments about traffic congestion the closure might cause for people going to downtown to see fireworks and for other festivities that night. Organizers said the street will be re-opened by the end of the fireworks show.

- Unanimously approved granting a special use permit for Neal Preserve, a 120-acre nature park currently being developed by Manatee County off Manatee Avenue West on the south end of Perico Island.