Tarpon Springs Sponge Docks merchants fued over displays
Among the merchants at the Sponge Docks, there are opposing philosophies about the dresses, sandals, hats and other merchandise that crowds the narrow sidewalks.
For some, the outdoor displays are reminiscent of Greece, attracting customers into stores and enabling businesses to survive. For others, the racks of goods make the area feel like a flea market and discourage repeat visitors.
Both groups are preparing for a new battle over whether the city should amend a month-old ordinance that restricts the height of outdoor racks and bans store owners from hanging chimes and other merchandise from outdoor ceilings.
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