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New Port Richey to allow rec center patrons to bring food

NEW PORT RICHEY — Patrons of the city Recreation and Aquatic Center will again be allowed to bring their own food into the facility.

Last summer for the first time, the city did not allow peopl at the rec center to bring their own food after entering into deal with Chick-fil-A to serve concessions in the facility.

At a meeting Tuesday, the City Council approved another agreement for Chick-fil-A to continue to serve concessions, paying the city 10 percent of its net revenue or $650 a month, whichever is higher. But council member Jeff Starkey said he received several complaints from families upset they weren't able to bring in their own food.

"I can tell you we are losing business," Starkey said. "If we have families that are ticked off because they can't bring in food, then we are losing revenue."

He made a motion to continue with Chick-fil-A operating concessions and also allowing customers to bring in their own food. The measure passed 3-2, with Deputy Mayor Judy DeBella Thomas and council member Chopper Davis saying Chick-fil-A should not have to deal with competition of outside food in the facility.

New Port Richey to allow rec center patrons to bring food 04/18/14 [Last modified: Friday, April 18, 2014 1:11pm]
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