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CAPE G .AZETI, Friday, March 6 -March 12, 1998- 21 Rehoboth mulls crackdown on vending machines, food carts, grease By Trish Vernon The Rehoboth Beach Board of Commissioners chipped away at a variety of proposed new and re- vised ordinances during a lengthy March 2 workshop session. They tackled everything from banning outdoor soda machines and food carts, to revising kite flying and beach recreational activities, as well as requiring that all restau- rants install properly maintained grease traps. City Solicitor Walt Speakman drew up a preliminary ordinance governing soda machines after meeting with City Manager Greg Ferrese and Building Inspector Susan Frederick. In an effort to eliminate the proliferation of out- door vending machines, city offi- cials may impose a separate busi- ness license fee of $270, as they are accessible when the business that leases the machine is closed. The difficulty, however, is estab- lishing which machines would be considered as accessible without actually being housed in a busi- ness. "If it's not inside the busi- ness, it's a separate business," and should pay as such, Mayor Sam Cooper said. But Commissioner Richard Sargent cautioned that while they are admitting that they don't like the machines, they must decide whether to approach the problem as a nuisance or revenue- generating situation. After discussing where to draw the line, Speakman noted that there would always be exceptions "and our purpose is to get the ob- vious ones." He was directed to draft a few variations of an ordi- nance for their consideration and report back to the board. The board also took aim at food carts, which currently don't pay a separate business license fee if op- erated on private property. First, they said they need to define the carts in terms of allowable height, width and signage, as well as where they are allowed to operate. "We should just ban both and be done with it," said Sargent, refer- ring to the vending machines and the carts, after more hair-splitting. This brought a round of applause from the sparse audience. "This ordinance needs to pro- hibit everything but what we want to allow," Cooper advised. Again, Speakman was asked to come up with some alternatives for the board to consider. He ad- vised them that they must be care- ful about what they want to ban, as such an ordinance could affect businesses displaying their wares outside the confines of four wails. Speakman said he will meet again with Frederick and review their concerns before presenting pro- posed ordinances. Speakman also consulted with Ferrese and Rehoboth Beach Pa- trol Captain Jate Walsh on kite flying and other beach regula- tions. With kite flying added to the list of activities banned be- tween 10 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. dur- ing the summer, during allowable times, Sargent suggested that it's "silly" to say a kite can't be at- tached to the beach, Boardwalk or to a jetty. Rather, they should word the ordinance to ensure that each kite is attended by at least one person. Mandatory grease traps Another problem they ad- dressed concerns the lack of grease interceptors or traps, which clogs up sewer lines, in restau- rants established before they be- came mandatory by state law. Frederick suggests that the city adopt an ordinance making it mandatory that the interceptors be installed in all restaurants by Jan- uary 1999, and that the law be written to ensure the interceptors are properly maintained and they properly dispose of the waste. Vi- olators would have their water turned off. Board members admitted they could use some help from restau- rant owners in fashioning an ordi- nance and are hoping for feedback before they are ready t6 adopt such a me.asure. Permit law revision As per their agreement with DART, which operates the park- and-ride lot and buses, the city will subsidize parking for employ- ees of in-town merchants who use the lot this summer from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. In return, the board will revise the residential parking permit sys- tem to provide only one instead of two seasonal transferable parking permits per merchant. The cost of parking in the lot is $2 per day per car. The measure will be on the agenda at the next regular board meeting, slated for Friday, March 13. Tan Delights Tanning Salon & THE NAIL CORNER Acrylic & Fiberglass Nails Dina M. Tillman "Licensed Nail Technician" Call 997../1_':!/)/I for appointment Located in Shoppes of Camelot Rt. 1 ....... 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