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Clay County Board of Commissioners to decide on mobile business ordinance in March 26

9:05 PM, Mar 12, 2013   |    comments
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CLAY COUNTY, Fla. -- Discussions continued at the Clay County Board of Commissioners meeting to decide whether or not the county should pass an ordinance that would regulate transient merchants, or what are also known as mobile businesses.

The commission held another public hearing for the ordinance where citizens who are for and against it expressed their concerns.
 
The ordinance would regulate mobile businesses like Cheap Shots, a mobile veterinary clinic that provides affordable care for pets in Clay and other areas.

Local veterinarians are concerned that these businesses don't face the overhead costs that local businesses do.

The mobile businesses are still regulated by the state, but do not pay any local fees. The ordinance would change that.

"They've just been coming in kind of fly of night sort of thing, doing their business and leaving and they are not contributing to the county in any way shape or form," said local veterinarian Tiffany Mosley.
 
Those against the ordinance say if the county places extra limitations on these businesses they will likely stop coming to Clay County and the residents will be the ones at a disadvantage.

The Board of Commissioners will vote on the ordinance on March 26.

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