By Dan Ping

Food and ice cream vendors may be barred from the north side of Fort Mellon Park in a proposal under consideration by the Sanford City Commission.

In a memo outlining options to increase pedestrian safety around Fort Mellon Park, city staffer Marc Hultin recommends Sanford prohibit mobile food vendors from locating along Seminole Boulevard between Sanford and San Juan avenues.

The city already bars mobile food vendors from setting up operations:

Mobile food vendors are prohibited from setting up operations in the areas marked in yellow. The area marked along Seminole Boulevard (closest to Lake Monroe) is currently not a prohibited zone, but is being considered by the Sanford City Commission
Mobile food vendors are prohibited from setting up operations in the areas marked in yellow. The area marked along Seminole Boulevard (closest to Lake Monroe) is currently not a prohibited zone, but is being considered by the Sanford City Commission
  •  Within 250 feet of 1st Street between French and Sanford avenues.
  •  Within 250 feet of Sanford Avenue between Commercial Street and West 13th Street.
  •  Within 250 feet of another mobile food vendor unless specifically permitted
  •  Within 500 feet of a licensed restaurant located in a permanent structure anywhere in the city during the hours the restaurant is open for business.

Hultin, who is the parks and grounds operations manager for the city of Sanford, also recommends the city prohibit businesses with peddlers licenses (i.e. ice cream trucks) from parking at the same locations where mobile food trucks are banned.

In addition, Hultin suggests the city install traffic calming devices along Seminole Boulevard, including:

  • A 3-way stop at the intersection of Seminole Boulevard and San Juan Avenue.
  • A raised crosswalk and stop signs at the existing crosswalk adjacent to the green space at Fort Mellon Park.
  • A raised crosswalk and stop signs near Lake Carola.

The cost to install the traffic calming devices is $30,000.

City Commissioners will discuss Hultin’s proposals during a work session meeting, which begins 4 p.m. Monday, Aug. 12.

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