Sebastian committee wants to revisit farmer’s markets at park

SEBASTIAN — A Sebastian committee wants the City Council to reconsider the possibility of bringing a regular farmer’s market to Riverview Park.

The Sebastian Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee unanimously supported the concept of having a market at the park, similar to those held in Vero Beach on Fridays and Saturdays.

The Sebastian City Council, in the past, had looked into the option and sent out a request for proposals from organizations that could organize the vendors and handle the logistics.

No group stepped up at that time, according to committee chair Joann White, which is why nothing ever came of the effort.

Parks and Recreation Superintendent Chris McCarthy reminded the committee that one of the concerns the prior City Council had was ensuring that local vendors would be able to participate in the market.

“I think they’re great,” committee member Scott Simpson said of farmer’s markets, noting that more and more people are interested in buying local produce.

The market, if approved, would most likely use the area of Riverview Park nearest US 1 and would not impact the availability of the pavilion, according to McCarthy.

The committee agreed to pass along a favorable recommendation to the Sebastian City Council to consider once again bringing a market to the park.

It is not yet known when the matter might go before the city council. The earliest possibility would be the council’s regular meeting on Wednesday, but the issue is not on the agenda.

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