ST. PETE BEACH
Mayor grants A Pardon for Inflatable puppy
The owner of Best Buddies Dog Boutique and a notorious inflatable Christmas puppy who is in violation of the city's sign ordinance has received the support of many residents — including the mayor.
Mayor Steve McFarlin stopped in recently to present Alan Ronay with a "Puppy Pardon."
"By the common sense and community spirit instilled in me, I Steve McFarlin, Mayor of St. Pete Beach, hereby grant this holiday puppy an honorable pardon with the hopes that the ongoing bureaucratic actions against its master, in no way hinder the holiday joy it has bestowed on our city," the pardon reads.
Ronay, the store's owner, said he is touched by all the residents who have stopped in to say they think his code violation citation is silly. As far as he knows, he still has to appear before the town magistrate on Jan. 10. The magistrate will translate city code and decide whether Ronay is guilty of having a portable sign because the $34.95 decoration from Home Depot is on top of his store's delivery van.
"Unfortunately the code enforcement procedure that was put in place must be carried out as a matter of law," McFarlin said. "I do not possess the authority to override these procedures once put in place."
Katherine Snow Smith