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By Al Everson
posted Feb 13, 2013 - 8:44:13am
Regulating places that sell alcohol was among chief concerns Feb. 11, as the Deltona City Commission and Planning Board reviewed possible changes to city codes.
Among other proposed changes, sidewalk cafes serving adult drinks would have to enclose outdoor serving areas with fencing at least 4 feet high.
“That’s relatively high for an outdoor patio,” City Commissioner Heidi Herzberg said. “That’s kind of like being in jail.”
While Deltona now has few such businesses, Mayor John Masiarczyk said some standards are needed to prevent the city from gaining too many bars.
“We don’t want to be known as a community that wants to bring in every kind of alcoholic business,” he said.
Other changes being considered:
• Eliminating a rule that prevents churches and package-liquor stores from being less than 1,000 feet apart. The rule may inhibit economic development, city officials said.
• Allowing granny flats, or small apartments that a homeowner may add onto a single-family dwelling for an elderly family member. The City Commission may permit additions as large as 400 square feet.
“That’s where you put the teenager that gives you a lot of trouble, or if your wife pushes you out,” Masiarczyk joked.
The proposed changes will be refined by the city’s planners and submitted to the Planning and Zoning Board for review, and then forwarded to the City Commission for final action, probably this spring.
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