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Monterey County Announces Temporary Closure of Red Barn Flea Market

Post Date:04/11/2018 1:01 PM

For Immediate Release
April 11, 2018

Monterey County Announces Temporary Closure of Red Barn Flea Market

Effective the morning of April 15, 2018, the Red Barn Flea Market will be closed pending a hearing on Monterey County’s application for an appointment of a receiver, a neutral third party, to operate the flea market and bring the property into compliance with state law and County code. A hearing on that application is scheduled for April 27, 2018 in Monterey County Superior Court.

The Monterey County Sheriff’s Office, in conjunction with the CHP, will be on site to ensure the closure of the facility and minimize any traffic impacts.

The County has made every effort to avoid the closure of the flea market and continues to do so by actively pursing measures in court to allow for the reopening the operation as soon as possible.

This closure action being taken is due to refusal of the current operator of the flea market to comply with requirements of county code and state law, particularly as to the lack of proper toilet and hand washing facilities necessary to accommodate the number of food and alcohol vendors at the site.

The County’s goal is for the Red Barn to operate under safe health conditions, which the vendors and community deserve. Unfortunately, the blatant disregard for public health and safety demonstrated by the current operator has compelled the County of Monterey to enforce the injunction issued by the Monterey County Superior Court in Case No. M104908, and close operation of the flea market at the Red Barn, located at 1000 US-101, Aromas, CA 95004.

Those currently in charge of operations at the Red Barn have been notified of this action so that vendors may be informed of the temporary closure as soon as possible.

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