Citizens pull to finish downtown skateboarding ban
March 13, 2018 - skateboarding
Calling a anathema outdated, a organisation of stakeholders met with Commissioner Jenna Haligas final week to ask how to do divided with a city ordinance.
PANAMA CITY — After 21 years of prohibition, a organisation of downtown business owners and residents are campaigning for a anathema on skateboarding downtown to be lifted.
Calling a anathema outdated, a organisation of stakeholders met with Commissioner Jenna Haligas final week to ask how to do divided with a city bidding that prohibits a use of skateboards south of 15th Street, easterly of Mulberry Avenue and and west of Magnolia Avenue.
A amicable media push, sponsored by both a downtown and St. Andrews business alliances, also has gained traction, with some-more than 61 people committing to go to a Mar 27 Panama City Commission assembly to residence a issue, and another 219 observant they are meddlesome in attending.
“It’s usually archaic,” Haligas pronounced of a skateboarding rule. “Over 50 people in 4 days have contacted me to lift a ban. No, I’d contend closer to 100. we have not had one chairman strech out to me to support it.”
She combined there are already laws safeguarding people’s private skill from a drop some associate with skateboarding, making the anathema redundant.
The law was unanimously upheld in 1997 after commissioners became fed adult with teenagers harsh skateboards on and jumping over city monuments, infrequently right underneath “no skateboarding” signs.
More than 50 skateboarders attended a 1997 meeting, according to reports from a time, and were vehemently opposed. Even then, a skateboarders told a elect that unless a elect built a park elsewhere, skateboarding would continue to occur in downtown.
The elect betrothed to demeanour into building a skatepark when they upheld a ordinance, though 20 years after a city still has not found a spot. However, a stream elect has set aside $250,000 in a mercantile year 2018 budget to erect a park.
And like a skateboarders in 1997 predicted, people have continued to skateboard in a downtown, though now military can pierce them along or emanate a citation.
Panama City is not a usually Florida city to make a skateboarding anathema — during slightest Tampa and Sunny Isle Beach still have ordinances on a books — though a manners have turn controversial. Cities such as St. Petersburg have carried bans in new years, and as a Panama City Commission schooled in Oct when they deliberate a skateboarding anathema in a St. Andrews and faced backlash, proposing a new bans are generally unpopular.
The downtown is a usually area in a city that has a ban.
“We usually don’t wish to bar anybody,” Haligas said, observant skateboarding can be a mode of travel or exercise. “We wish it to be a place for anybody.”