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City sets parade rules

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By Pat Hibbs

Are you planning a parade or a celebration that will require any of the streets of Williston to be closed off or patrolled by local law enforcement?

If so, start planning early. And make the first item on your "to-do" list getting the proper permits and agreements from the city.

At a recent meeting, WPD Chief Dan Davis asked the city council to require a minimum 30-day notification of any event that requires street closing and special policing. The council agreed to his request.

Davis and Assistant Police Chief Clay Connolly explained that parades and festivals that need special arrangements require coordination with not only the Williston Police Department Auxiliary, but also with the Sheriff's Office to mobilize its C.O.P. (Citizens on Patrol) unit. Connolly added that the WPD often asks for volunteers from neighboring jurisdictions like Dunnellon for assistance in traffic and crowd control.

The new rules take effect immediately. Call city hall at 528-3060 for the relevant paperwork.