ZEPHYRHILLS — City Council voted Monday evening to approve an ordinance that would limit tent sales, although it will have no effect on fireworks sales.
City Attorney Joseph Poblick said the city was contacted by Galaxy Fireworks, who pointed to a Florida law that states cities cannot pass ordinances that restrict the sales of fireworks.
The ordinance approved by the council prohibits temporary outdoor sales that are not conducted by a permanent business on the same site. Poblick said the city has had some problems with furniture tent sales run by a company out of North Carolina.
He said with such a measure on the books, the city could eventually restrict fireworks tent sales if the state law changes.
City Manager Steve Spina said the ordinance will give staffers standards to regulate temporary sales and was not passed previously because of concerns over Christmas tree sales. He also said fireworks are a seasonal issue for the city.
"We have a lot of complaints this time of the year and New Year's about fireworks going off," Spina said.
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In other council news, the saga of Krusen field continued as the council listened to a dispute over the goalposts that Zephyrhills Police Athletic League director Mark LaMonte donated to the Zephyrhills Pasco Police Athletic League. The director of ZPPAL, Marsha Decena, has refused them.
The goalposts were offered during negotiations between the leagues over who would play on Krusen Field. ZPPAL will use Sam Pasco Park this season.
Council member Manny Funes said there were questions as to whether the posts were suitable to be used in the county park, but engineers okayed the use of the posts if welding and bolts were added.
Funes said the posts looked like they might have been modified basketball posts, but LaMonte said they were new unassembled goalposts he bought with his own funds.
Mark Gardner, president of the Pasco Police Athletic League, which ZPPAL is a part of, said the posts did not follow the standards of the league.
"It's not going to look good, it's not going to be pretty, it's not going to be regulation," Gardner said.
"I did not say we would be providing solid gold goalposts," LaMonte said. "Those are the same kinds of posts we use."
Poblick said the issues surrounding the goalposts do not fall under the city's purview and have to be negotiated between the leagues. The council did not take any action on the issue.
Mayor Cliff McDuffie said he was sorry ZPPAL didn't appreciate what was donated to the league, though he respected its position. He said as far as the city was concerned, negotiations between the leagues and use of the respective fields were a done deal.
"Quite frankly, I'm tired of it," McDuffie said. He continued, "Let's get on with our lives. I think we should put this to bed right now."