From the LVRJ: Jessica Adams smiled as she handed a group of tourists in front of Caesars Palace four bottles of cold water.
She was chuckling in response to a quip from the middle-aged man who
paid for the drinks and jokingly asked if she could follow his family
while they walked along the Strip, which was baking in the afternoon
"We're doing something good out here," said Adams, 23, of herself and
other sidewalk water vendors. "We're selling water at a better price
than the casinos."
But to Clark County government officials, whose jurisdiction covers
the Strip, sidewalk vending is no laughing matter. They say it's an
unregulated nuisance that should be banned on public sidewalks.
On Tuesday an ordinance that would ban the practice and put Adams and
others like her out of business is scheduled to get introduced before
the County Commission...
.The ordinance would ban selling goods or services "on any improved or
unimproved portion of a public right of way, including private
property" with a public easement.
It's aimed at cracking down on sidewalk vendors on the Strip, but the
way it's written means it covers any unincorporated area in the county. http://www.lvrj.com/news/county-ordinance-targets-strip-sidewalk-vendors-159514235.html
I understand the County Commissioners concern about vendors on the Strip. Some vendors are in the way of walkers, some vendors have been known to harass and quite frankly, they are pain in the butt and an eye sore.
However, there are going to be drawbacks. For instance, this will outlaw kids selling lemonade and Kool Aide from the sidewalk on hot days, stop vendors who sell fruit on the corners, Girls Scots cannot sell their cookies on the corner, outlaw newspaper vendors selling the Sunday newspapers and the harmless vendors who try and earn a living. This may also outlaw the sign spinners who advertise for businesses from street corners.
So, while the intentions of the commission are good, the outcome will be far worse than they probably envision.