City Council unanimously passed the first reading of an ordinance that would require people who conduct business on public facilities, such as parks, to obtain a permit with the city.
“The maintenance of parks, beaches and trails are a significant expenditure to the city,” the staff report of the ordinance stated. “The public enjoys these amenities without fees for drop-in use. Some activities require permits to help ensure that the space is used appropriately and to minimize impacts to the public use.”
The revenue generated from the permits and feeds would most likely be offset by the need to enforce the new ordinance.
Councilman Tim Brown said he would hope the city would be flexible on some circumstances such as children’s lemonade stands and other innocuous uses for small business.
Pamela Passow, the city’s Beaches, Parks & Recreation director, said although a permit would be required, people who would like to conduct business on city land could become contractors with the city in order to reduce the costs and time spent on applying for a permit.
A rate system for the permits can be found at www.san-clemente.org under the Beaches, Parks & Recreation tab.
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