The Windermere Town Council is poised to pass a resolution that will require a business owner to go through multiple approvals in order to have an ATM outdoors in the town. The stir started when a realty company placed an ATM on it's property right in the town square.
Windermere Mayor Gary Bruhn says the new ordinance would not be an outright ban on the machines, but would limit their use.
"If you're going to request to have an ATM machine, you would go before a Development Review Board and they would listen to the reasons and make a recommendation.Ultimately the town council would decide if the ATM is justified, and if we have a need."
Bruhn says an ATM is needed for things like food truck events in town, but once other businesses wanted to install their own ATMs, the city needed to slow that process down.
"We didn't want to see ATM wars going on," Bruhn said. "We have one ATM already. I don't think we need 15."
The ordinance would also set up the same approval system for any outdoor vending machines, or a drop box for a charity. Mayor Bruhn says this is no war on soda, but the residents of Windermere have told him they have high expectations for that their community should look like.
"They like our downtown, but they would like to keep it small. They would like to keep it as almost a mom and pop shop, that's why you don't see a number of the chains of you will or fast food or anything like that."
The city will hold a final vote on the ordinance at their next meeting.