Mike Ferguson @mikewferguson
DAVENPORT – Davenport could become the first city in Polk County to ban medical marijuana dispensaries during Monday’s City Commission meeting.
The commission voted 4-1 March 19 to approve the first reading of the ban. The lone dissenter was Commissioner Abel Gonzales.
Florida voters approved the use of medical marijuana during the November 2016 election. When legislation was enacted, municipalities and counties were given the option of either banning dispensaries or treating them the same as pharmacies, with some minor differences.
Ordinances require two readings to become finalized. Lake Hamilton became the first Polk municipality to approve a first reading March 6.
PAVILION AT JAMESTOWN PARK
The City Commission will consider adding a pavilion at Jamestown Park. There are currently two there but the city has sought to add a third.
“We’re trying to enhance all of our park facilities,” City Manager Kelly Callihan said. “We’re trying to keep them as a good place for our families to go.”
The lower of two bids for the pavilion came from Top Line Recreation, out of Deltona, at $17,460.