Manatee County Government Administrative Center Manatee Room, Fourth Floor 1:30 p.m. - August 25, 2016
August 25, 2016 - Work Session
Agenda Item #2

Proposed Special Events Ordinance Review

Briefing Provided Upon Request

Contact and/or Presenter Information

Karen Windon, Deputy County Administrator

Robert M. Eschenfelder, Chief Assistant County Attorney

Action Requested

Enabling/Regulating Authority
Florida Statutes

Background Discussion

The Sheriff had expressed concerns with the existing process for permitting special events and asked that the county consider a revised process to better look at safety and security concerns.

To that end staff worked with the Sheriff's Office to determine the concerns and the opportunities to have a better management of the increasing number of special events.

The County Attorney's Office drafted an ordinance which takes into account both traditional special events (those which have been pre-planned) as well as pop-up events resulting from social media, and a working group has provided significant input related to the implications of the ordinance components.

Rather than requiring a land use permit as has been the case in the existing process, a separate permit will be required that delineates the pre-planning components of the event incorporating traffic, parking, safety, security, ingress and egress, sanitation, and lighting among others. The draft ordinance also delineates the fee schedule associated with such a permit.

The draft ordinance also details the approval or denial process, the appeal process, exclusions, cleanup, post-event reviews, enforcement, and penalties.

County Attorney Review
Other (Requires explanation in field below)

Explanation of Other
Ordinance was drafted by Chief Assistant County Attorney Robert M. Eschenfelder

Reviewing Attorney

Instructions to Board Records

Cost and Funds Source Account Number and Name

Amount and Frequency of Recurring Costs

Attachment:  Special Events Ordinance 2016 (2).pdf
Attachment:  Follow-up Memo - Special Events Ordinance.pdf