Story by A.J. Arias
The Village of Florida Board of Trustees unanimously voted on Wed., April 17, during their monthly meeting to pass Local Law 3 of 2019, which amends the Zoning Code to include Craft Brewery/Winery/Distillery as a conditional use. The law will not go into effect will the matter is heard at a public hearing on Wed., May 8 about the law.
The resolution that introduced the law to the Board cites the economic benefits communities in the Hudson Valley have experienced when craft alcohol makers have been allowed in. The current zoning code provides challenges for these businesses to make their home in the Village of Florida.
A conditional use in terms of the zoning code means that it allows the property owner use of their land in a way not otherwise permitted within the particular zoning district.
According to Village Engineer Al Fusco, there is only one pending application before the Planning Board that this law would impact. It was received earlier this year for the manufacturing of alcohol on the corner of Jayne and North Main Streets.
Any application to the Village of Florida Planning Board regarding this law would still need to have all necessary SEQR documents and would need to be reviewed by all the required boards before it was approved for construction, as is common practice.
Local Law 4 Goes to Public Hearing
The Board additionally approved Local Law 4-A to authorize the Town of Warwick Clerk to issue licenses for games pursuant to General Municipal Law Article 9-A. The law, which according to the resolution that introduced it, closely follows the framework of the existing Code 60, “Bingo and Games of Chance” in the Town of Warwick code in terms of allowed games of chance in the Village of Florida. This law will also go before a public hearing on May 8.
The Village of Florida is expected to receive Department of Health violations throughout 2019, according to Mayor Daniel Harter, Jr. The violations are in regards to the Village’s public outreach regarding the water’s turbidity in the Village. Turbidity is the cloudiness or haziness of water, which is caused by a large number of particles being present. Turbidity is one of the major tests for water quality.
According to Village Engineer Al Fusco, the violations are in regard to the Village being required by law to notify the public of any major changes to the water in the Village. The reason for the failure to comply is because, according to the Fusco, major improvements and changes are being made daily for the past few months.
Fusco assured that, “the water will be better that it ever was” and “the Village Board has taken every step necessary” to solve both the water turbidity issue and to keep the public informed.
The next Board meeting will be held on Wed., May 8 at 7:30 p.m. in Village Hall, located at 33 South Main St. in Florida.