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Gulf Drive Market; third time charm?

By Mark Young,Islander Reporter

For a third time, Bradenton Beach commissioners will hear a request to approve a special event permit for the Gulf Drive Market at the Gulf Drive Cafe & Tiki, 900 Gulf Drive N.

The request would renew market operations every Sunday beginning March 4 through the end of December.

Two previous attempts to extend market operations have failed, the most recent being Feb. 2. On both occasions, citizens flooded Bradenton Beach City Hall to speak on supporting or opposing the market, which had initially been allowed in November last year for a 60-day trial period.

Complaints of traffic delays combined with safety issues have been the concerns of those opposed to the market continuing on Gulf Drive. Some citizens said they weren’t opposed to the market, but would like to see it operate somewhere other than the high-traffic area of Gulf Drive at the Cafe.

Following the Feb. 2, 4-1 vote to deny the permit, cafe manager Pete Barreda said he would not renew his effort to continue the market.

“I want to first and foremost thank the vendors for their hard work,” said Barreda after the Feb. 2 denial. “I think at this point, I’ll just let the issue die.”

But Barreda has submitted the permit application for the commissioners to once again consider the weekly markets at their 7 p.m., Thursday, March 1, meeting at city hall, 107 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach.

One Response to Gulf Drive Market; third time charm?

  1. Sandra D'Amato says:

    Please do not approve this ridiculous market- the traffic is horrible on the island, they have one market in Bradenton Beach already- they DO NOT need another one, especially in the place they had it. This is by far the dumbest idea yet on this island! They have a busy restaurant there as it is, why would you make traffic any worse? The guy said this is done, don’t even waste the time for this meeting!! We have more important issues to deal with than this market!!! Listen to the people for once that live here and have to deal with this every Sunday!!!!

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