APOPKA, Fla. (CBS Tampa)– A Florida mayor is fighting for a ban on new fast-food restaurants in a city that some refer to as the “Fast-Food Capitol of Central Florida.”
WKMG reports that Mayor Joe Kilsheimer is seeking a temporary ban on new fast-food restaurants for the rest of the year.
“It’s a common complaint that Apopka seems to have only fast-food restaurants,” Kilsheimer said.
Some of the fast-food restaurants are so popular that they reportedly have cars lined up into the streets waiting. Kilsheimer, hoping to lay out a new vision for the city, made it clear that fast-food restaurants are not being banned, rather holding off on new developments.
Opponents to the ban say that singling out one type of business is unfair.
“They’ve already threatened to do something about dollar stores. It’s just not a reasonable thing to ban things totally,” six-decade Apopka resident Roger Meyer told WKMG.
Other residents worry the ban could have a negative effect on job opportunities for the community.
The mayor says that the public response to the ban proposal has been mostly positive. The final vote is set for this week.