With Saint Patrick's Day around the corner, it is common practice for street vendors to setup along parade routes.
However, in Wallingford those vendors may vanish because a complaint told the town that they're taking away from taxpaying businesses.
On Tuesday, Eyewitness News visited North Plains Industrial Road where Danut Sintea is the lone street vendor on the street.
Sintea told Eyewitness News that his yearly permit costs $250, but next year that price could raise to an unknown amount because of recent complaints.
"How come nobody else can make a living?" said Sintea, who added he makes between $10 and $30 per day as a vendor.
Geno Zandri owns a business on Route 5, which is about a mile away from North Plains Industrial Road.
He said it is prime real estate for street vendors and is speaking on behalf of several business owners against the vendors.
"They're only making small money a few times a year," he said. "But, the thing that hurts is that they're taking away from established businesses who are paying property tax in our community."
Street vendors told Eyewitness News that many pay a $50 fee to work one day, usually holidays or special events.
Zandri told Eyewitness News those cheap application fees are appealing and bring in more vendors.
In turn, the small permit fees take money away from his fellow businesses.
"They (business owners) have overhead in order to stay in business and if vendors take away from that business, little by little, it could get to the point where it could run some people out of business," Zandri said.
Residents who talked to Eyewitness News have mixed opinions about the street vendors.
"We have enough restaurants to cover it and I don't think the sanitation is good with the street vendors," said Harold Scott of Wallingford.
"It's nice to have vendors go around and see things," said Ann DeJesus of Wallingford.
Sintea said he is considering serving hot dogs in a different zip code.
"Then I'll just move to the next town," he said.
The Wallingford Town Council is currently hearing this complaint with no resolution in sight.
Calls to Wallingford Mayor William W. Dickinson were not immediately returned to Eyewitness News.
Copyright 2013 WFSB (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved.
Tuesday, May 21 2013 3:08 PM EDT2013-05-21 19:08:59 GMT
Two Bristol men were arrested for allegedly stealing $25,000 worth of scrap metal from a business in Southington.Gary M. Desrochers and Nicholas B. Marin are accused of stealing 39,000 pounds of "tool-gradeMore >
Two Bristol men were arrested for allegedly stealing $25,000 worth of scrap metal from a business in Southington.More >
Tuesday, May 21 2013 6:03 PM EDT2013-05-21 22:03:06 GMT
A family spokesperson told Eyewitness News that the body of a missing Eastern Connecticut State University student was found dismembered. Alyssiah Wiley was last seen since April 20 when she said she wasMore >
A family spokesperson told Eyewitness News that the body of a missing Eastern Connecticut State University student was found dismembered.More >
Tuesday, May 21 2013 3:46 PM EDT2013-05-21 19:46:33 GMT
ESPN says that it is cutting its workforce. The sports media giant said in a statement Tuesday: "We are implementing changes across the company to enhance our continued growth while smartly managing costs."More >
Tuesday, May 21 2013 9:20 PM EDT2013-05-22 01:20:17 GMT
Residents in tornado-stricken Moore, OK, await news on missing love ones Tuesday, a day after a massive tornado devastated the city, killing at least 51. Rescuers worked all night, with particular attentionMore >
The tornado, with winds up to 200 mph, cut a 20-mile stretch as wide as two miles through the Oklahoma City metro area. The medical examiner's office reported 24 people died, including nine children. More >
Tuesday, May 21 2013 8:26 PM EDT2013-05-22 00:26:23 GMT
A Severe Thunderstorm Watch has been issued for the all of northern Connecticut until 9 p.m.National Weather Service officials said people should be on the lookout for threatening weather and to pay attentionMore >
Tornado and severe thunderstorm warnings were issued in Litchfield county Tuesday evening as severe weather moved into the state.More >
Tuesday, May 21 2013 11:55 AM EDT2013-05-21 15:55:17 GMT
A 18-month old baby was found not breathing at a home in Enfield Monday afternoon.Officers were called to a home on Cottage Green in the Thompsonville section of the city. Investigators found the babyMore >
Enfield police said they were investigating the death of a 19-month-old boy that was reported Monday evening.More >
Monday, May 20 2013 7:12 PM EDT2013-05-20 23:12:34 GMT
Wallingford police are looking into three college-aged girls who are going door to door looking to make more than just a sale, they're looking for a place to stay.Neighbors from East Side Drive, MeadowMore >
Wallingford police are looking into three college-aged girls who are going door-to-door looking to make more than just a sale, they're looking for a place to stay.More >
Monday, May 20 2013 11:48 PM EDT2013-05-21 03:48:15 GMT
A woman has been arrested after she allegedly locked her four young daughters out of their home for days at a time.A witness told police that the four girls, ages 7, 5, 3 and 1, had been in the same dirtyMore >
A woman has been arrested after she allegedly locked her four young daughters out of their home for days at a time.More >
Tuesday, May 21 2013 9:09 PM EDT2013-05-22 01:09:17 GMT
Happy Saturday, Rain is on its way – as expected – but it will not hamper the entire weekend. Early this morning, there will be low clouds, fog and drizzle in many parts of Connecticut. This will haveMore >