After nearly two hours of personal insults and high tempers, cooler heads finally prevailed during last week’s first Downtown Special Event Planning Series. The forum was intended to give downtown business owners an opportunity to make suggestions on how to improve Saturday events during the winter months, but was repeatedly derailed as owners and members of the Arcadia Antiques Association argued with other downtown business owners over perceived personal differences. The meeting ended on a positive note, however, when the two groups agreed to a small, face-to-face meeting July 22 to discuss specific permit concerns.
City Administrator Tom Slaughter, along with Marshal Matt Anderson and Code Enforcement’s Carl McQuay, led the forum, asking participants to give them direction on how to resolve ongoing issues over how vendor permits are handled. Anderson said he and McQuay had heard from many downtown owners who were upset over how the AAA limits who can get an AAA permit, as well as complaints that non-licensed vendors were setting up during the AAA’s fourth Saturday event, presenting a liability concern.
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