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.