New Port Richey Allows Restaurants, Stores to Expand into Public Right of Way
The idea is to give restaurants and businesses more space for more customers while complying with safe-distance guidelines.
NEW PORT RICHEY – City Manager Debbie L. Manns has signed two administrative orders that will permit restaurants and retail shops to expand their outdoorseating and display areas in response to the governor’s Phase I Plan to reopen Florida’s economy.
The orders will provide a path toward improving business operations, while maintaining a priority focus on core safety by allowing parking spaces and other private areas of an establishment’s property to be used by restaurants for additional seating and by retail shops for additional display areas.
The orders also allow businesses to register for use of public rights-of-way, including,but not limited to, Nebraska Avenue from Adams Street to Grand Boulevard and from Grand Boulevard to the Allgood and Misemer Law Office at 5645 Nebraska Ave., the sidewalks along Main Street, and the sidewalks along Grand Boulevard.
Any public right-of-way designated for restaurant use is available6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Fridays, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sundays. Within the bifurcated 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 establishment 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 that they comply with all conditions enumerated in the orders, which are available at cityofnewportrichey.org.
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