Roberto Rodriguez has been trying to open a flea market in San Benito County, Calif., all year. He tried to open a flea market and rodeo on Shore Road in Hollister, Calif., but that was shot down by the San Benito County Board of Supervisors in January. Then he tried to open a flea market at 1771 San Felipe Road, across from the Hollister Airport, but that was opposed by the Hollister Airport Commission in June, and now the San Benito County Planning Commission has voted against it, in a meeting held yesterday.
According to a news report in the Hollister Free Lance, the proposed market would have 100 vending booths, parking for 350 or more cars, portable concession areas, chemical toilets, and live and recorded music.
Foes of the project have repeatedly expressed concerns over the danger of a runway accident and traffic issues.
Rodriguez can now appeal the Planning Commission decision to the Board of Supervisors — the same Board of Supervisors that rejected his other flea market proposal earlier this year.
The Hollister Free Lance has been given this story extensive coverage, and FleaMarketZone thanks editor Kollin Kosmicki for his help and insights.
Dec. 9 update: The photo above is actually incorrect, FleaMarketZone learned today after a conversation with Robert Rodriguez. The proposed market is actually across the street from both the field and the runway. See this updated FleaMarketZone.com report.