The politics was amped up a bit more on the Arena snack bar as Joe Rich spoke out, saying he was surprised users of the Arena are being told they have to come up with their own food vendor, even though City Council has decided the city will operate the snack bar as in the past.
Mr. Rich gets instant media attention as he is well known for his many concert events over the years run by the Disabled Persons Action Organization.
According to this story in the Times, users would have to pay a $250 a day vendor fee plus get a health permit ($75) and insurance. I was quoted about $600 a year extra on my existing policy, but I don't know what a single event is . Worker's comp and disability must be in place and sales tax collected as well.
The vending fee would likely be waived by Council as the politics of charging these groups is not something to endure.
Also, setting up for each event would require stocking inventory for each event, a costly and wasteful practice, meaning no one in the private sector would do it.
The Arena opened to the public last night.