Staff recommends adopting the attached resolution
The new Special Events Ordinance, Chapter 26, requires applications for special events to be filed 180 days in advance of the event. Since this is a much longer lead time than the former requirements, it is appropriate to delay enforcement of this particular provision of the new ordinance to provide special event organizers sufficient time to plan and apply for their events.
In order to educate special event applicants, and permit the recurring organizers time to adjust their work loads and schedules, it is appropriate to grant a short waiver of this particular provision of the ordinance.
We have discussed this with all of the normal event organizers and they assure us that leniency during the first six months of the new ordinance will provide them sufficient time to make this adjustment.
1. Adopt the resolution as presented; or
2. Such alternative action as the Commission may deem appropriate
There is no fiscal impact to this action.
Prepared by: EF Smyth, DCM
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A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COMMISSION OF THE CITY OF LEESBURG, FLORIDA, AUTHORIZING THE CITY MANAGER TO WAIVE ANY PORTION OF SECTION (H) OF THE SPECIAL EVENT ORDINANCE TIME FOR FILING APPLICATION FOR A SPECIAL EVENT PERMIT DURING THE FIRST 180 CALENDAR DAYS AFTER THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF THE SPECIAL EVENTS ORDINANCE, WHICH PERIOD SHALL BE FEBRUARY 21, 2008 THROUGH AUGUST 21, 2008; AND PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE.
BE IT RESOLVED BY THE CITY COMMISSION OF THE CITY OF LEESBURG, FLORIDA
WHEREAS, the City Commission of the City of Leesburg has enacted an ordinance creating chapter 26 of the code of ordinance pertaining to special events; and
WHEREAS, section (h)(1) requires applications for special events to be submitted not less than one-hundred eighty (180) calendar days in advance of the event; and
WHEREAS, there may be community events organized that may not be able to adhere to this application deadline; and
WHEREAS, the City of Leesburg desires to work with and support community sponsored events that positively impact the quality of life of the citizens and business in the City.
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED BY THE CITY COMMISSION OF THE CITY OF LEESBURG, FLORIDA
THAT the City Manager is authorized to waive any portion of section (h) Time for Filing Application for Special Event Permit during the first 180 calendar days after the effective date of the Special Events Ordinance, which period shall be February 21, 2008 through August 21, 2008.
PASSED AND ADOPTED by the City Commission of the City of Leesburg, Florida, at a regular meeting held the 11th day of February 2008.