A vote on the city's proposal to regulate street vendors was postponed--once again--at the request of the Chamber of Commerce, whose president said Tuesday that the chamber only recently became aware of the controversial issue.
Chamber President Floyd L. Farano said the business group had not yet taken a position on the proposed law and would like time to review it because of "what it would mean to the business community."
The ordinance to regulate street vendors first came before the council more than four months ago, in response to longstanding complaints that vendors cause litter and traffic congestion.
At first, only vendors who cater to predominantly Latino neighborhoods such as Chevy Chase addressed the issue. But when it became apparent that the Latino vendors lost what they were seeking--basically, to sell their fresh fruits, vegetables and ice cream in apartment areas--they ceased coming to the City Council meetings.