2014-05-24 / News

Change May OK Outdoor Retail Display; Rolling Chair Business Proposed

By Stephanie Fortino

The Flagship store on Market Street may soon be considered a garden shop, allowing the store to display merchandise outside. The city’s Ordinance Committee will consider the request, after the city council tabled the matter Wednesday, May 14. Council also referred to the committee a rolling chair business proposal from a company in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

The city zoning ordinance prohibits all outside displays of merchandise except for postcard stands, rental bicycles, and gardening merchandise associated with a garden shop, nursery, or greenhouse.

Earlier this month, city zoning administrator Dennis Dombroski visited the Flagship store after its owners temporarily displayed merchandise outside, which is not allowed under its retail license. The merchandise is mostly garden decorations and accessories, and Mr. Dombroski said the Flagship’s business license could be amended by council to allow a garden shop.

The committee will consider such an amendment, including how outdoor displays would impact pedestrian traffic on the sidewalks. Some council members worry about a rush of businesses seeking garden shop status and suggested the committee consider how to define the type of shops.

The committee includes Chairwoman Anneke Myers, Kay Hoppenrath, and Dominic Redman.

Atlantic City Boardwalk Rolling Chairs owner Ted Garry wants to start a rolling chair business on the Island. Three passengers can ride in the wheeled wicker chairs, which is pushed from behind by ab attendant.

Rolling chairs have been used on the Atlantic City Boardwalk for 127 years, and Mr. Garry has asked, in a letter to the city, if they would be a appropriate for Mackinac Island. Atlantic City issues licenses to rolling chair companies similar to the City of Mackinac Island’s bicycle rental licenses process.

The letter was not read aloud nor discussed May 14, but was referred to the Ordinance Committee for review.

City Council approved a banner for the Detroit Regional Chamber Mackinac Policy Conference that will hang on the railing outside Sadie’s Ice Cream Parlor on the east end of Grand Hotel. The banner will be 16 feet long and 3.5 feet wide and will instruct attendees where to register.

The city purchased a new defibrillator for Allied EMS, costing about $21,500.

A $2,168 Community Foundation grant will buy two new bicycles for the police department.

The city will replace the Post Office roof for $17,000. M.P. Gamble Construction will complete the work, and an application for the project will be considered by the Historic District Commission next month. The roofing material will be changed from hand-split cedar shingles to architectural asphalt shingles.

Mackinac Island Community Foundation’s annual community celebration is scheduled for Tuesday, June 3, from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in Great Turtle Park.

Council approved 14 temporary motor vehicle permits for work at Mission Point Resort, the Masco Art Collection delivery to Grand Hotel, and work to bury AT&T phone lines, among other projects. Five permits were approved for American Legion Post 299 for installation of the restored Statue of Liberty replica at the park overlooking the marina.

Three temporary trailer permits were approved for Bluewater Technologies to broadcast the Detroit Regional Chamber Mackinac Policy Conference.

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