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Home business idea in Bal Harbour fizzles

By RODOLFO ROMAN, rroman@miamiherald.com
Miami Herald

A proposed rule that would have required home-based businesses in Bal Harbour to pay a fee and register with the village have been shut down.

The village council decided not to vote on the proposed ordinance at a recent meeting.

“I was looking over it and it is too much government regulation,” said Assistant Mayor Joni D. Blachar.

If the proposal had been approved, businesses with a residential Bal Harbour address outside the commercial area would have had to pay for a business tax receipt. The law would have had prohibited business owners from meeting with clients in the home, ban exterior signage, and forbid large-scale business operations.

Bal Harbour’s rules do not expressly address the issue of home-based businesses. The issue was presented by Village Manager Alfred Treppeda in response to several residents inquiring about the legality of home-based businesses.

At the meeting, resident Doug Rudolph said the rule was unnecessary. “We have never had a problem with this,” he said.

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