Log In
COMMENTS0
x
Jim GallowayJim Galloway

Around new stadium, Braves get a leg up on souvenir vendors, too

Comments 0
Construction of the canopy continues at the Atlanta Braves new ballpark in Cobb County. SunTrust Park is scheduled to open in time for the 2017 season. Brant Sanderlin, bsanderlin@ajc.com

Construction of the canopy continues at the Atlanta Braves new ballpark in Cobb County. SunTrust Park is scheduled to open in time for the 2017 season. Brant Sanderlin, bsanderlin@ajc.com

You know what we’ve reported about Cobb County’s effort to regulate parking around the new home for the Atlanta Braves. Now it looks like vendors will be at a disadvantage, too.

With early voting already underway, this isn’t good for Tim Lee, the incumbent chairman of the Cobb County Commission, who is in a tough runoff against former Marine colonel Mike Boyce. From Jon Gargis and the Marietta Daily Journal:

When it comes to allowing vendors to sell T-shirts and tomahawks to fans walking to or from games next season, the Atlanta Braves just might have a home-field advantage under a Cobb County ordinance.

The ordinance, passed in February, requires vendors who wish to operate in unincorporated areas of the county to obtain a license in order to sell or distribute retail or food items from a cart or kiosk. But a provision in the ordinance gives those in charge of “mixed-use development districts” the power to construct a plan that sets where vending activity can take place, and, according to Dana Johnson, Cobb’s community development director, those who manage such a district could decide not to designate any areas for vending as part of the plan, which has to be approved by the Cobb Board of Commissioners.