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Summerside may soon be cracking down on mobile fish vendors.
Summerside may soon be cracking down on mobile fish vendors. - 123RF Stock Photo

SUMMERSIDE, P.E.I. - Summerside may soon be cracking down on mobile fish vendors.

Coun. Gordie Whitlock brought up the subject during Tuesday night’s committee of council meeting.

Whitlock said he periodically receives complaints about fish sellers setting up in the city for a day or two and then moving on without complying with the city’s mobile vendor bylaw. The bylaw states mobile vendors have to get a permit before they can sell their wares. Such a permit requires approval from council and the payment of an annual $500 fee.

P.E.I. fishermen can get a fish peddler’s permit from the provincial government which allows them to sell their catches directly to the public. But, Whitlock pointed out that within the city limits, the bylaw supersedes that provincial permit.

“We have local businesses, a couple of fish markets, that pay the city taxes. They hire local people, they pay their electricity bills … and I just really think it’s unfair that people from outside the city just kind of drive in at will and peddle their wares,” said Whitlock.

Other councillors also said they’ve received complaints on the same subject.

Bob Ashley, the city’s CAO, said he and Police Chief Dave Poirier would have a conversation about the best way to deal with the problem.

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