We are having an issue with street musicians in our small, historic downtown area and our ordinance is currently silent on the issue. The only portion of our ordinance remotely dealing with this is the noise ordinance. When the police enforced it and asked the gentleman to move along, that started a firestorm of controversy including involvement by the ACLU. The City Council has, for now, suspended enforcement of the noise ordinance as it relates to street musicians pending staff review of our ordinances.
So, do any of you have experience with regulating and/or permitting street musicians? And the very fine line we are walking here with panhandling?
Any help is greatly appreciated,
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