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New Port Richey allows extra open areas for business use

Parking lots and other private property owned by businesses now can be used, along with some public rights-of-way.

NEW PORT RICHEY — To give local businesses and restaurants more room for their patrons while still keeping them safe through social distancing, New Port Richey City Manager Debbie Manns signed two administrative development orders this week allowing expansion for seating and displays.

The orders permit businesses to use their parking spaces and other private property for outdoor seating and outdoor displays for their patrons. The orders were set to improve business operations in this challenging environment for merchants, while also giving customers enough space to keep safe from the spread of the coronavirus.

The orders also allow businesses to register to use public right-of-ways, including: Nebraska Avenue from Adams Street to Grand Boulevard and from Grand Boulevard to the Allgood & Misemer Law Office at 5645 Nebraska Avenue; the sidewalks along Main Street; and the sidewalks along Grand Boulevard.

Any public right-of-way designated for restaurant use is available Monday through Thursday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Friday from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Within the Nebraska Avenue districts, food and alcoholic beverages sold for consumption on the premises by a restaurant may be consumed, held, carried and transported anywhere within or between the districts. Any public right-of-way designated for retail sales use is available every day from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Businesses are not required to file a development order or permit application for expanded outdoor use, provided they comply with all conditions in the administrative development orders posted on the city’s website at www.cityofnewportrichey.org. For informatio, call (727) 853-1047.

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