Authorities Cracking Down on Yard Sales in Chipley

By: Bryan Anderson
By: Bryan Anderson

Chipley, FL- Yard sale signs continue to cause controversy in the city of Chipley.

"A lot of traffic congestion and different issues like that," said City Administrator Dan Minor.

Minor said it's not necessarily the residents, though, who are causing the problem.

"Several months back, we began experiencing issues with yards, not so much yard sales, but an influx of vendors from outside of town," said Minor.

The city said on any given weekend, there are as many as a dozen out of town vendors who set up shop within the city in open parking lots like Advanced Auto Parts.

Advanced Auto Parts Store Manager Susan Gonzalez said in recent months she finally had to put a stop to the selling because it almost became deadly.

"It has gotten so bad at times that our parking lot was getting full of other cars and they were parking along the side of the road and at one point in time in nearly caused a fatality," said Gonzalez.

City Attorney Michelle Tagert is now finalizing an ordinance that city commissioners hope will solve the problem. Under the proposal, residents and out-of-towners alike will be required to apply for yard sale permits. They're free, but you'd only be allowed to sell six times a year. Anything after that and you'll have to buy a peddler's license.

"We welcome people to come in and operate a business in Chipley, but they need to be licensed, they need to be paying taxes, and contributing to Chipley's economy, not just taking from it," said Tagert.

Tagert said she should have the ordinance ready for commissioners to look at by their next workshop in February.


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