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Sussex County Discusses Code for Street Vendors

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MILLSBORO, Del. -The Sussex County Council is discussing changing the county code to account for roadside vendors and produce stands.

Currently, according to county officials, most vendors are operating legally, but some are not, making it unfair for the ones who are.

County Administrator Todd Lawson said the county will reevaluate how to regulate these produce stands.

"We want it to be fair for everyone and we're not going to go out and shut down produce stands," he explained. "That's not the desire in any of this discussion, it's just to gauge the council and see where they are and make them aware that some folks have gone through the steps and others haven't, what should we be doing?"

Many street vendors operate out of parking lots, but in order to do this they need to apply for a permit, which could end up being unnecessarily expensive. A potential fix would be to allow a temporary use exception for vendors if they get permission from the property owner.

Charlie Boehm owns Charlie's Hot Dogs in Millsboro just off Longneck Road. He said it was a challenge getting set up. 

"We had to go through hoops to do it, we didn't even know if we were going to be in business anymore," he said. "It's a small business, to not pay those big fees, you know if they backed off a little bit on it it would be good."

Hunter Lied works at a fruit and vegetable stand in Millsboro as well, and said non-compliant stands take away from his business.

"Usually they'll have cheaper prices because they don't have to pay the rent fees," he said.

"We enforce the code as it stands but we can't go around and literally chase all these vendors and we have no desire to shut the vendors down," Lawson said. "Especially the produce stands and the roadside stands."

The next step is for the county to compile the council members opinions and then speak with the legal department to determine how the code can technically be altered.
  
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