Crestview leaders eye regulating mobile vendors, garage sales

Published: Friday, April 19, 2013 at 12:01 PM.

CRESTVIEW — The city may soon regulate commerce of entrepreneurs selling merchandise from a tent, vehicle or otherwise mobile structure, and garage sales.

City planning official Eric Davis has proposed requiring so-called itinerant vendors annually to receive a $50 permit from the city's planning and zoning department. The department would inspect the property intended for use, under the ordinance. The proposed law would allow code enforcement and law enforcement officials to ensure vendors have completed necessary paperwork, Davis said.

"We are not looking to find ways to keep people from coming; what we're looking for is some type of regulation or standard," City Clerk Betsy Roy, who assisted Davis in drafting the ordinance, said during a Tuesday work session.

 Councilwoman Robyn Helt agreed.

"We just can't have a free-for-all for anybody to come in the city of Crestview and set up anything on the side of the road and operate a business enterprise," she said. "That could just be a nightmare." 

Roadside vendors have raised concern, Davis said.

"This has grown out of issues we have had over years trying to enforce policies on vendors which are operating outside of brick-and-mortar structures," Davis said.

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