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Vendor to serve food at Bedrox

(ran Beach edition)

Visitors to the Treasure Island Beach Center soon will be able to buy food and drinks from a mobile vendor.

City commissioners are preparing a contract allowing Sunset Beach resident Marilyn DiSilva to sell hot dogs, soft drinks and snacks from her mobile catering truck.

DiSilva, who has been in the mobile catering business for 20 years, plans to park her food wagon on the patio of the former Bedrox bar at 8000 W Gulf Blvd.

"I'll have a grill out there," said DiSilva who will be serving hamburgers and Italian sausages as well. Sandwiches and pizza also are on her menu.

City Manager Chuck Coward said commissioners agreed to the short-term, non-exclusive contract to give beach-goers an opportunity to buy food service and to have someone monitoring the property. Commissioners purchased the former bar last year and renamed the property while they consider how to redevelop that site along with several other city buildings.

While the building isn't ready for occupancy, Coward said commissioners liked the idea of having someone who regularly spends time on the property.

"It not only provides a service to the beach-goers but it gives us someone on the property," he said of DiSilva's contract.

DiSilva plans to sell food at the site on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and holidays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., beginning May 16.

"It's just an experiment for the rest of 1998," Coward said, adding that the city can cancel the arrangement with 30 days' notice to DiSilva.

In the meantime, the city plans to install more portable toilets and picnic tables on the beachfront property.