At the council’s meeting Tuesday, picture after picture was shown of vendors allegedly behaving badly – putting their lives in danger as they peddled in the middle of busy roads as they blocked stop signs with their trucks.
Outside, Mauricio Martinez, who has sold churros for 20 years, said making a few pennies out in the hot sun was a daily hassle due to constant police enforcement.
In 2011, a group of vendors and the nonprofit Institute for Justice filed a lawsuit due to ordinances within Hialeah’s vendor law that it called unconstitutional. The suit claimed that the city had violated vendors’ rights by enacting an ordinance that required a minimum separation of 300 feet from brick and mortar stores that sell the same or similar merchandise.
That ordinance was done away with on Tuesday night, something vendors considered a success.
The lawsuit further asked that Hialeah amend an ordinance that essentially says vendor have to move around when conducting business. But city officials left that in place...(click pic to watch video)