Camden to review hawking and peddling
Camden — An application for a Hawking and Peddling license was denied by Camden Select Board members Sept. 18, who cited a need to review the existing ordinance.
Town Manager Patricia Finnigan said the existing ordinance is in conflict with several other existing ordinances.
“You may need to update the ordinance in terms of what you want and don't want for street vendors,” she said while presenting the background for the license request. “I recommend you take no action on this application.”
Selectman John French noted Camden has not welcomed transient businesses such as food carts in the past, opting instead to favor existing brick-and-mortar businesses. He said Taco Libre, a mobile taco stand, is only allowed to operate on private property in town.
Selectman Don White speculated an ordinance update is in order.
“As soon as we open the door on hawking and peddling, we open a big door,” he said.
White suggested the town planning board review the ordinance.
“I'd like to come up with allowable uses first,” French said, adding of the public landing: “It's not a fairground.”
Finnigan said it appears the existing ordinance was created in 1984.
“I think times have changed,” she said.
Selectmen are expected to address the issue again in November.