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Issue Date: Vol. 51, No. 4, April 2011, Posted On: 3/30/2011

NAMA Tries To Forestall Ban On Outdoor Vending In Gretna, LA

Tim Sanford
City Council of Gretna Louisiana, vending machine, vending operator, vending business, Gretna vending machine ban, vending ban, Mary Lou Monaghan, National Automatic Merchandising Association

GRETNA, LA -- The City Council of Gretna, LA, is considering a proposal to outlaw outdoor food and beverage vending machines within the city limits, according to Mary Lou Monaghan, senior director of government affairs for the National Automatic Merchandising Association. The council is scheduled to vote on the measure on April 13.

Monaghan reports that the proposal was drafted by a consultant, who has been working on it for months at the request of Councilwoman Raylyn Beevers. The ostensible justification is the opinion that the machines detract from the city's appearance.

"Banning food and drink vending machines could become a slippery slope," Monaghan warned. The same rationale could be used to forbid outdoor placement of automated teller machines, newspaper honor boxes, self-service ice dispensers and even air pressure pumps at gas stations, she added.

The association is urging all concerned parties to express their opposition by writing to the City Council. Points to emphasize include the likely loss of local jobs, the additional damage to businesses already suffering from the weak economy, a reduction in tax revenue to the city, and the ease with which such an ill-considered ban could be applied to a host of other outdoor self-service amenities and conveniences.

Email messages can be sent to the members of the Gretna City Council. They are:

Wayne Rau
Councilman at Large Mayor Pro-Tem

Milton Crosby
Councilman District One

Belinda Constant
Councilwoman District Two

Vincent E. Cox III
Councilman District Three

Raylyn Beevers
Councilwoman District Four

NAMA's Southern Office is situated at 2300 Lakeview Pky., Ste. 700, Alpharetta, GA 30009: tel. (678) 916-38, fax (678) 916-3853. Monaghan can be reached at mmonaghan@vending.org.

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