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UPDATED: DeLand flea market to reopen in new location Jan. 21, after county gives first OK to move
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Argues for flea market — Attorney Ty Harris speaks with members of the Volusia County Planning and Land Development Regulation Commission Jan. 10 about his client’s proposal to relocate a flea market to his Fair Street property near the DeLand Amtrak Station.
The proposed location of the flea market. The new site is near the corner of Carlis Road and Fair Street, off of Old New York Avenue.
UPDATED JAN. 13 AT 4 p.m.
John Pugh, owner of Cole Bros. Circus and the land on which DeLand's longtime flea market is set to move to, said the flea market will re-open at the new location Jan. 21.
The address of the new location is 535 Fair Street, reachable from Carlis Road, off of West New York Avenue (State Road 44) about 4 miles west of Downtown DeLand.
While the market's plans must still be approved by the Volusia County Council, Pugh said he had obtained a permit from the county to allow the market to open Jan. 21.
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A county advisory board has endorsed the proposal to move DeLand’s longtime flea market to the old circus grounds west of the city.
The flea market, which formerly operated on South Woodland Boulevard, just south of Beresford Avenue, closed down because the property is being redeveloped for a shopping center anchored by a Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market.
On Jan. 10, the Volusia County Planning and Land Development Regulation Commission voted 4-1 to recommend that the County Council grant a special exception for the market to move to a 5.2-acre parcel zoned for industrial uses on Fair Street. The zoning case is set for action by the County Council Feb. 16.
The relocated flea market plans to have 80 vendor stalls, where merchants may do business on Saturdays and Sundays only. The new site is near the corner of Carlis Road and Fair Street, off of Old New York Avenue.
“The flea market is really important for DeLand,” said Ty Harris, an attorney representing the owner of the Fair Street land.
Cole Bros. Circus formerly used the property as the winter home for its animals. However, circus owner John Pugh said after a concrete plant moved in nearby, airborne dust from the plant made the site unsuitable for the animals.
The land is within the Hontoon Island area, but Harris said residents “don’t have an issue” with the proposal.
“Notice was provided,” Assistant County Attorney Michael Rodriguez told the PLDRC.
Even so, Planning Commissioner Jeff Bender called for another round of notices about the pending relocation to be sent to “all affected property owners.”
Only Commissioner Ronnie Mills objected to the flea market’s move to Fair Street. Mills said he is concerned about traffic coming from West State Road 44.
Two of the PLDRC’s seven members — Chairman Frank Severino and Joseph Alleva — were absent from the meeting.
If the County Council approves the request to move the flea market, Harris said, the flea market may reopen as soon as the last weekend of February.
“For every month this is delayed, there are folks counting on that income,” Harris said.
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