The Block Island Times

New regulation for hawkers and peddlers

By Judy Tierney | Jun 02, 2013

The Town Council compiled a laundry list of revisions to the ordinance on hawkers and peddlers at its work session Wednesday night. The revisions were then sent on to Town Solicitor Katherine Merolla, who is to draft the new ordinance.

Topping the list of revisions is a Block Island residency requirement. The rewrite was proposed when the person who now holds the license moved to the mainland, yet requested to continue his hot dog cart business here. The council renewed the license for the 2013 season, but will change the residency regulation for next year.

Applicants will be able to place their names on a waiting list. After a short debate on the number of licenses to issue, the council agreed the ordinance should up the number to three.

The licenses will either be issued for specific sites or will delineate areas of the island where hawkers and peddlers will be prohibited. Hawkers will be required to carry insurance, and the size and type of cart will be specified in the regulation. There will be a clause allowing the council to rescind a hawker’s license as well.

After Merolla drafts the ordinance and Town Council approves it, a public hearing on it will be held.

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