Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Kenai City Council is continuing work on permit options for vendors, aimed at helping the city to capitalize on the summer dipnet fishery. While the City has always allowed vendors to operate in the parking areas during the fishery, treating them the same as any other vehicle parking in the area, feedback from the industry showed that most vendors felt the venue could be better, wanted to see some sort of exclusivity, easier access, a specific vendor area.Photo courtesy of Kenai City Council According to a memo to the council, the city will be developing an application for the vendors to complete and will encourage local businesses to apply. The outlined area has enough space for the vendor’s ‘facility’ and at least one support vehicle; they will be giving the vendors ‘vendor specific parking passes’ to come and go as they need. The City Council began discussions at their council meeting on January 17, on issuing permits and installing beachside infrastructure for vendors. Kenai Finance Director Terry Eubank: “In past years during the fishery, there are usually between three and five vendors selling coffee, ice, snacks, firewood, and other merchandise on the beach.” Eubank: “To create the new permits, the city would need to consider if the number of certain types of vendors should be limited. The city would also need to consider if vendors should be required to operate all days of the fishery and for a certain number of hours each day.” The city plans to use this as a pilot project for this season and once they have more insight in how well it works will make necessary changes before next year.