There has been an uproar over the proposed ordinace, which would require businesses downtown to hit a 30 percent mark on food sales to qualify for outdoor seating.
The committee appeared to clearly stand against that text, but more importantly was concerned with a July 1 deadline resulting from the need to reissue outdoor seating permits.
Instead the proposal from the committee will extend outdoor dining permits until August 1 and seek to bring together the various concerned groups — businesses, residents, and others.
“I’m looking for us to be deliberate,” council member Wayne Maiorano said. “I’m not looking for us to make a decision, I’m looking for us to make the right decision.”
Other aspects of the proposal:
- Put together a hospitality group
- Hold meetings for expectations
- Start enforcement of current laws
- Facilitate a discussion of how to manage clean-up
Courtesy of Carolina Brew Review.