By Rachel Christian
What’s going on? A small business market on the second Saturday of every month from 6 to 9 p.m. along Pennsylvania Avenue in downtown St. Cloud.
Background: A group of four small business owners held the first market July 14.
“We’ve received nothing but positive feedback from the downtown businesses, community and the participating vendors,” event organizer and small business owner Laura Ter Beek told city council members at a meeting last week.
Ter Beek, who operates a business called The Studio, is joined by three other Pennsylvania Avenue businesses: Re-Tech LLC., Aurora Cosmetic Tattoos and Three Little Birds Tattoos.
The group has already filed with the state as a nonprofit group and has obtained its own insurance.
Ter Beek said after the meeting that the market is currently accepting applications for new vendors, and plans to grow the monthly events with live music and food trucks.
Action and reaction: City officials, including City Councilman Dave Askew, showed support for the market.
They encouraged Ter Beek to stay in touch on the progress of the event.
Getting St. Cloud local meetings back online
What’s going on? Online footage and live streaming of St. Cloud City Council and other local meetings hasn’t been available on the city’s website for more than five weeks.
Background: The city website stopped offering live and recorded meetings last month because the videos weren’t ADA compliant.
The city said it needed to invest in a closed captioning system that would cost an estimated $50,000 to $60,000. The city of Kissimmee is exploring similar closed captioning options.
Action and Reaction: Resident Hughette Crumpler asked city council members when residents can expect to see the meetings back online.
City manager Bill Sturgeon said Orange County is set to receive a procurement in two weeks that St. Cloud can “piggy back off of.” Videos will begin appearing on the website some time after that.
Until then, residents can request a copy of any meeting by contacting the Clerks’ Office at 407-957-7320.