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Input sought on Nanaimo busker bylaw revision

An updated bylaw gives street entertainers more access to downtown Nanaimo and flexibility on start times.

Street entertainers, or buskers, have access to 15 new spots near the Spirit Square in Maffeo Sutton Park, Diana Krall Plaza and the Vancouver Island Conference Centre under the proposed bylaw, said Randy Churchill, manager of bylaw services for the City of Nanaimo.

“There’s lots more opportunity for buskers to take advantage of,” he said.

The revised bylaw also removes restrictions that forced buskers to start on the hour, but still limits performers to a two-hour set. Buskers are also still restricted to operating between 10 a.m. and 10 p.m., and must obtain a street entertainer licence from City Hall.

“It’s really about updating a bylaw that was written a few years ago,” Churchill said. “The bylaw works well in many ways.”

The goal of the bylaw is to balance the interests of businesses, residents and those want to have music on Nanaimo’s streets.

“There were some valid concerns,” Churchill said.

People have until 9 a.m. on April 25 to comment on the updated draft bylaw before it goes before council.

Comments can submitted by e-mail to bylaw.info@nanaimo.ca; in person to Business Licencing at 238 Franklyn St.; or by mail to Street Entertainers Bylaw Review, Business Licence Section, Community Safety and Development Division, 455 Wallace St., V9R 5J6.

For more information, please call 250-755-4482.

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