By the edhat staff
The Santa Barbara City Council approved $2 fees per square foot for outdoor dining parklets in the downtown area.
During Tuesday’s meeting the Council voted 5-2 to approve the less costly option as rates up to $10 per square foot had previously been discussed.
The monthly fees will kick in on May 1 for all temporary outdoor business facilities within the State Street Promenade, from 1300 to 400 blocks of State Street.
Councilmember Eric Friedman abstained from the vote with concerns over reduced revenue impacting underfunded city departments and Mayor Randy Rowse voted no stating its unfair to businesses in other areas.
In January, the City of Santa Barbara announced the approval of structure fees for restaurants and vendors using parklets on State Street. The rates were dependent on structure types, whether there was a platform or roof and how portable the parklet is. Rates varied from $3 to $10 per square foot.
The fees will go towards the city’s cost of cleaning and maintaining the Downtown Promenade which is projected to cost $675,000 for the 2024 fiscal year.
Santa Barbara City staff reported it has received 37 parklet license applications and expect at least ten more to apply in coming weeks.
Outdoor dining (courtesy photo)