By RODOLFO ROMAN, firstname.lastname@example.org
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.