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Date of Issue: May 24, 2007

Sandbar to comply with city site-plan request

Sandbar Restaurant owner Ed Chiles said he will submit a site-plan amendment to the city commission for tented wedding receptions.

The move comes after the city commission agreed at its May 10 meeting that tented weddings are part of the normal course of business for the restaurant and should be approved by a site-plan amendment.

The Sandbar has been receiving a special event permit for each wedding conducted in an outdoor tent, but the commission agreed that because of the frequent occurrence of these events, they were part of the normal course of business for the restaurant.

Until a site-plan amendment is approved, the Sandbar can continue to apply for a special event permit for a tent, when needed, for an outdoor wedding. The permit process does not apply to weddings scheduled for the Sandbar's pavilion, which is already built and was approved in the restaurant's site-plan.

Mayor Fran Barford sent Chiles a letter May 15 informing him of the need for a site-plan amendment.

"We will be happy to comply with the city's wishes," said Chiles, who said he has already begun preparing the application.