Sarasota News Leader

06/07/2013

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BUSINESS VERSUS THE RULES Le Grand Bisou is located in Siesta Center, at 5129 Ocean Blvd. Photos by Rachel Hackney SIESTA VILLAGE BUSINESS OWNERS AGREE TO WORK TOGETHER ON MODIFYING COUNTY REGULATIONS TO ALLOW THEM GREATER MARKETING OPTIONS ON THE KEY By Rachel Brown Hackney Editor Martha Smith saw sales at her Siesta Village shop, Le Grand Bisou Caribbean Boutique, drop from $1,600 a day to $195 a day in one week after a Sarasota County Code Enforcement officer told her it was a violation of the local zoning code to display clothes on racks outside the shop. of the Siesta Key Village Association (SKVA). "And right now [my store] looks like a sardine can." James Ritter of Siesta Village Outfitters added that he saw his sales drop 90 percent the day after a Code Enforcement officer said he had to stop displaying his sports rental equipment outside. "I spent a lot of money on the mannequins We need a majority. We are and certainly my ina democracy. ventory," Smith told about 30 people TuesCheryl Gaddie President day morning, June 4, Siesta Key Village Association at the regular meeting "For us, having something that just shows the customer that we're open is crucial," he told the SKVA members.

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