First watch 23 minute presentation and discussion, Item 11, here:
11. ITEMS BY CITY ATTORNEY
11.A/ Presentation relevant to street performers on St. George Street.
Denise May, Assistant City Attorney, reviewed a presentation of an overview of the City’s street performance and vendor ordinance, regulations and possible alternatives.5 She advised that the City’s current ordinance had been before the 11th Circuit Court, and was upheld to be a valid time, place and manner regulation and was not content based. She said a significant amount of time and effort was put into drafting an acceptable ordinance. She stated that the current ordinance would be invalidated if street performers were permitted on St. George Street. She added that should the activity be permitted, it would be open to everyone and the Commission could not pick and choose what was allowed.
Ms. May replied that both the east and west Plazas were prohibited areas with the exception of the Market. She stated that artists could set up in most public spaces around the City and paint.
Isabelle Lopez asked if the Commission would support holding a workshop to discuss the matter in depth, and invite the stakeholders to provide input.
Commissioner Horvath stated that she would support entertainment related to Spanish heritage; however, the content of entertainment could not be chosen. She said developing the current ordinance was a very difficult process.
Commissioner Neville stated that the ordinance was created to resolve a public safety (sic) issue with pedestrian congestion on St. George Street.
Commissioner Freeman stated that the City took the safest legal route when the ordinance was developed but felt that it could be improved; however, there had to be a consensus to review alternative options.