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Eagle Pass City Council approved reading of Amendment to Flea Market Ordiance

The Eagle Pass City Council approved the first reading of an Ordinance amending Section 19-119, Article VII, Chapter 19 (Offenses and Miscellaneous Provisions) of the Code of Ordinances for the City of Eagle Pass, Texas; and amending Section 10 of Appendix A of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Eagle Pass, Texas, to prohibit the establishment of any new flea market operations except by Conditional Use Permit in an Industrial District and to allow existing flea markets to operate as nonconforming uses during their first meeting of the 2018 year.

During the meeting, the City Council discussed the issue in executive session and once reconvened back in public proceeded to approve the first reading.

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The Council then proceeded to vote in favor of the first reading of this new portion of amendments to the Flea Market ordinance which will include a clause that will allow for a conditional use permit in an industrial area and an increase to the flea market operator fee going from $125 to $500 per year. The provisions will also limit the cease to operate period from 1 year to 90 days.

The Council has approved another amendment to the ordinance back in December regarding Section 9, B-2 (Central Business District) of Appendix A (Zoning Ordinance) of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Eagle Pass, Texas to prohibit establishment of flea market operations in the central business district. This amendment basically will not allow for any other flea markets to open up in the downtown business district area and will grandfather those existing in. The ordinance however does state that if any of those locals closes down for more than a certain amount of time consecutively it cannot open up anymore.

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