The Georgia Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal today from an Atlanta street vendor who has been fighting to return to work outside Turner Field. Stanley Hambrick’s appeal would have allowed him and other street vendors to set up booths outside the stadium.
Three days before opening day in 2013, Atlanta officials forced all vendors off the streets. In response, Hambrick sued and the Fulton County Superior Court ordered the officials to accept vending applications and issue permits. When those officials refused to obey that court order, Hambrick asked the court to find those officials in contempt and recognize Atlanta street vendors’ right to return to work. The court denied those motions and Hambrick appealed.
“For over a year, Atlanta’s baseball vendors have been unable to provide for themselves and their families by working at their traditional locations,” said Larry Miller, president of the Atlanta Vendors Association. “The Atlanta Vendors Association looks forward to working with the administration to end this stalemate and bring sidewalk vending back to The Ted.”
The city has said it was planning to bring vending back to Turner Field, but would only do so after the pending litigation was resolved.