Westerly council votes to limit street vendors
WESTERLY, R.I. —
As Misquamicut gears up for Memorial Day weekend, the official start of the beach season, town workers were busy Wednesday clearing parking lots and pushing sand back together after Superstorm Sandy two years ago.
But there's another storm brewing -- over street vendors.
Westerly's town council voted 4-2 Monday to approve an ordinance that would limit the lemonade trucks, ice cream stands and other street peddlers to one-time events, such as farmers markets and festivals.
Police Chief Edward St. Clair pushed for the ordinance, saying there were public safety problems caused by vendors who don't submit business plans to the town.
Vendors argued the ordinance threatens their livelihood. One vendor told NBC 10 it was politically motivated and vows to fight the directive.
Other vendors have threatened to go to court to block its enforcement.The Associated Press contributed to this report.