SCSQUARED halfBy Eric Heinz

During its May 19 meeting, San Clemente City Council voted 4-0-1, with Councilman Tim Brown absent, to solidify a three-year agreement with Rick Heil, who is the current main coordinator of the Farmers Market on Avenida del Mar.

Initially, the farmers market was a one-time, monthly activity and operated under a special-use permit. Since then it has become a weekly event on Avenida del Mar in the heart of the city. According to the agreement, the farmers market can be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sundays.

The three-year permit was approved by council for $350 per month for the market to use the city’s right of way but also would be subject to a $5 to $10 fee increase each year.

The current permit was scheduled to expire Dec. 31.

During the meeting, Pam Passow, city recreation manager, said the previous fee collected by the city was higher than the typical charge from nearby cities for farmers market operations.

Prior to this agreement, Heil had to appeal for renewal of the agreement because a group of residents had requested the city require a request for proposal (RFP) from possible coordinators.

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