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02/07/2014

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Thanks to the efforts of a steering committee and assistance from architect Mark Smith, Siesta Key business owners are close to com- pleting a draft revised ordinance that would allow some outdoor displays on the island. Smith explained during the Feb. 4 meeting of the Siesta Key Village Association that the proposed ordinance would entail a permit application process. "We wouldn't have a property owner or tenant say, 'I didn't know [about it].'" Smith is a past SKVA president and past chair- man of the Siesta Key Chamber of Commerce. The lack of knowledge that outdoor dis- plays are not allowed under the current ordinance, the Siesta Key Overlay District (SKOD), led to a number of Village mer- chants being cited b y c o u n t y C o d e E n f o r c e m e n t s t a f f in June 2013 for vio- l a t i o n s . M e r c h a n t s c o m p l a i n e d t o t h e S K VA i n J u n e that they had seen their revenue drop Le Grand Bisou and Siesta Key OutīŦtters, both in Siesta Center, were cited in June for having illegal outdoor displays in Siesta Village. File photo A COMMITTEE'S REVISED DRAFT OF THE SIESTA ZONING ORDINANCE GOVERNING OUTDOOR DISPLAYS NEARS ITS COMPLETION AND THEN REVIEW BY ISLAND GROUPS A LOT OF PROGRESS We don't want it to become [like] a yard sale; we want it to be done tastefully. Ray Lizotte Owner Comfort Shoes Siesta Village By Rachel Brown Hackney Editor

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