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

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.


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