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City to discuss peanut peddlers
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Tony Blackmon dishes out boiled peanuts on a brisk Monday morning. Dawsonville officials are looking at placing some restrictions on roadside vendors, many of whom have begun selling more than peanuts. - photo by Frank Reddy Dawson Community News

Dawsonville officials may crack down on peanut peddlers during a March 22 work session.

  

The mayor and city council plan to discuss the rules for vendors who sell goods along the roadside in the city limits.

  

One of the issues, according to Mayor Joe Lane Cox, is they’re “not just selling peanuts anymore.”

  

“Now, they’re selling turnip greens, sorghum syrup, jelly and honey,” he said. “They bring a little more every time they come here.”

  

Some downtown peanut vendors, however, stick strictly to the boiled variety.

  

Tony Blackmon and his brother have been selling boiled peanuts in Dawsonville for about two years.

  

Blackmon, who lives in Dawson County, had not heard anything about the city’s plans until this week, but said he had a business license and an agreement with the property owner.

  

Councilman James Grogan said officials will also look at “limiting the number of people that are [setting up stands].”

  

“You can’t have one on every corner,” he said. “It does not look professional in the city. We don’t want it to turn into a flea market on the square each weekend.”

  

Cox said discussion of the matter stemmed from complaints.

  

“These guys were doing a good job when they first come in to the city, but we’ll have to talk about where they stand now,” Cox said.

  

He added that other “housekeeping” matters could be discussed at the meeting as well.

  

The work session is set for 5 p.m. March 22 at city hall.

  

For more information, go online at www.dawsonville-ga.gov.

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