Hot Issue update: The Downtown Merchants VS the temporary
tents occupying the public bridge over the Arizona Canal.
Good morning, COGS E-News Reader. Congratulations to the
Downtown Merchants for standing tall to protect their brick and
mortar investment. This morning, Randy Grant, Planning Department
Director, advised the Artisan Bridge business owner that their
permit for Thursdays and Sundays using the public AZ Canal banks
and Marshal Bridge was denied.
Public Information Coverage:
Apparently the TV reporters are only that—“reporters”. They
fail to investigate for facts.
Such an interesting word as it implies ACCURACY in reporting. (1)
They fail to tell their audience that hundreds more business
owners and merchants than just gallery owners in the Downtown
Scottsdale signed petitions for the past years and are opposed to
the current city permit for the Artisan Market on the Marshall
Bridge. (2) They fail to tell their audience that the
opposition is requesting an equal marketing opportunity without
the city government gifting a public bridge and right-of-way by
calling a business a Special Event. (3) They fail to accurately
represent the difference between the value to Scottsdale of the
permanent brick and mortar business investments and pop-up tents
and wares (4) They imply it is an unfair local businessmen’s
attack on free market competition. (5) One TV station
reported that the Scottsdale Gallery Association wants to “shut
down” the Artisan Market. The SGA has never made or printed
that statement. They have offered to assist them to pay rent and
occupy vacant stores in the Downtown.
What was the solution?
Unfortunately, once again residents/business people had to hire an
attorney to get the attention of their own elected city officials.
The attached two letters are the two legal opinions of the hired
attorney. (Note: you will need a
PDF reader program to read the linked attachments)
What was requested?
(1) Define Special Events as accurately “events” that exclude
businesses and have limited frequency. (2) Reschedule the Artisan
Market/ArtBridge and any other names they use to other than the 42
year Traditional ArtWalk Thursday night (3) Move the Artisan
Market/ArtBridge off the Marshall Bridge and restore that as the
Downtown trolley route for the enjoyment of our tourists and
residents (4) Encourage the vendor to use clarity in
advertisements that does not confuse their wares with the Fine
Arts of the Art Galleries and other businesses in our downtown.
(4) Do not issue a “Special Events” permit for 2015-2016 for
the Artisan Market/Southbridge business.
What is next?
(1) Special Events
Ordinance Update Public Sessions
the city website, “roundtable community conversation” is scheduled
21st 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.
in the Design Center at 7506 E Indian School Road (looks like a
church on the NE corner). Additionally,.Thursday,
October 22nd in two
sessions—noon to 2 p.m. and again 5 to 7 p.m.
Daytime is when merchants’ stores are
open and the Thursday evening conflicts with the traditional
ArtWalk so gallery owners probably won’t close up to attend the
sessions—why this staff scheduling?
concepts” are being presented
November 12th from 5 to 7 pm
and again Friday the 13th
from 8 am to 10 am. The DRAFT review is now scheduled for Tuesday,
from 8 am to 10 am and 5 pm to 7 pm. See details in this
City Council Work Study Session
Tuesday, October 27th at 4 p.m.
the city council in a work study session will hear their
council-appointed Tourism 5-Year Strategy Task Force presentation.
The Special Events Ordinance and other related issues will be
For the Coalition of Greater
Scottsdale (COGS) Board of Directors,
Sonnie Kirtley, Chair e-mail
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