Through their federal and local taxes, residents certainly paid plenty for the various Streetscape projects, and City Hall has a responsibility to protect this investment.
However, the two Capitol Street restaurants already have fencing in place, and adding another layer of regulation to an already-regulated activity is not very user-friendly.
Restaurants now must leave 36 inches of pedestrian space on the sidewalk beyond their dining barriers, and Vriendt says that's not enough. While the federal handicapped act requires 36 inches, apparently that's too tight for some people in wheelchairs.
Council may require as much as 48 inches but could compromise at 42.
Ah, dining al fresco. The phrase conjures up images of relaxed afternoons and evenings with a tasty meal accompanied by a cool beer.
Who knew it could be so complicated?