Stamford to settle outdoor eating ordinance

Stamford is set to approve a measure that would make outdoor dining more expensive for restaurants. The city has been negotiating its plan with restaurants

The flat fee for restaurants that use outdoor seating would jump from $100 to $250 a year.

The flat fee for restaurants that use outdoor seating would jump from $100 to $250 a year. (12/7/15)

STAMFORD - Stamford is set to approve a measure that would make outdoor dining more expensive for restaurants.

The city has been negotiating its plan with restaurants for nearly a year.

John Zelinksy, of the Stamford Board of Representatives, says that it's time for restaurants to start paying more for patrons to eat outside. The flat fee would jump from $100 to $250 a year. That fee also pertains to eateries that exclusively use their own private property.

Restaurants that also use public sidewalks would pay $2 for every square foot occupied.

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