Ken Cefalo, the owner of Main Street Music at 53 W. 10th St., said he took his concerns to his fellow downtown business owners by circulating a petition Wednesday to move the market away from 10th Street.
He said nine or 10 business owners signed the petition. He presented their positions to the Tracy City Center Association directors at their monthly meeting on Thursday morning.
“We love events, we love having the car shows and the wine strolls and the festivals, and we love having the Saturday farmers market, but this particular one some of us don’t see as beneficial to the market or for us,” Cefalo said.
“On Saturday, nonretail parking is available, but on Wednesday, it’s a little bigger of an issue,” he said. “There’s not as much parking and it causes a hardship.”
The petition requested the market be moved off of 10th Street, between B Street and Central Avenue, to somewhere on Ninth Street, Cefalo said.
According to TCCA President Dino Margaros, it’s too late in the summer to cancel it.
“At this point, we’re halfway into the season and there’s a month and a half (left) on the contract,” Margaros said. “The feasible solution is to see how it plays out — ride out the rest of the season.”
Margaros said TCCA officials heard about the petition as soon as it started and asked Cefalo to come in and speak to the directors on Thursday.
“We’re trying it out — it’s new as of this year and we’re evaluating it,” he said. “Everyone agrees Saturday is successful event, just Wednesday is question mark right now.”
In previous years, the Wednesday farmers market has called home different locations in the city, including in front of Tracy City Hall. As to whether it could be moved somewhere else, Margaros said the TCCA doesn’t have jurisdiction on 10th Street on the east side of Central Avenue or anywhere on Ninth Street, so those are not options.
“We’re a commuter city, so without trying, we don’t know (if it works),” Margaros said. “(It’s) up for discussion if want to do it again next year.”
He said the TCCA would revisit the market’s success at the end of the summer run Aug. 27.
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