Atlanta (WAOK/AJC) — The administration for Mayor Kasim Reed has announced plans for a public vending program that will replace the previous program. The new program will be overseen by the License and Permit Unit of the Atlanta Police Department pending approval, which could be as early as next week. Numerous vendors that have been unable to sell their goods on public property have urged council to pass this legislation.
The new program will allow 31 vendors to operate their business’ on public streets in downtown Atlanta in its first year and would add up to 50 locations for carts across the city next year. City officials have stated that vendors will not be allowed in the Five Points district due to numerous complaints of disorderly conduct. Proposed fee’s for the vendors are a $75 permit application and a $2,500 annual maintenance fee.
The head of the Atlanta Vendors Association has been undergoing a legal battle complete with a lawsuit against the city over public vending, which began when former Mayor Shirley Franklin turned the vending program over to a private company.
Written By Sherman H. Smith Jr (WAOK/Intern)