City councilman Gene Gallo led the charge Wednesday morning to revise a proposed ban on fishing along the walkway at the Riverwalk to only prohibit cast netting.
The originally proposed ordiance would have banned fishing from anywhere on the Riverwalk walkway besides the designated fishing pier. Public Works Director Jim McLellan first brought the proposal forward after complaints that allowing fishing on the sidewalk led to litter, disturbances and other issues.
Gallo told the Bradenton Herald on Tuesday that he wouldn’t support a fishing ban across the board. His plan to strictly prevent cast netting won over his fellow council members at Wednesday’s meeting.
“I would like this to read that there be no cast netting on the Riverwalk and keep away from the term ‘fishing’ so that a father can still take his son or daughter down there on the Riverwalk and fish,” Gallo said.
“A guy going down there with his son is not going to be littering the sidewalk,” he added. “That doesn’t make sense.”
City officials approved the ordinance to move forward for a second reading and public hearing at the Feb. 27 city council meeting.