"If you have to turn one or two people away, that's not going to shut your business down. The government coming back in at the state level, and saying 'sorry, you've got to close now because the numbers are going the wrong way,' that will force businesses to close, and not just temporarily. Another closure for a lot of theses businesses, will put them out of business," said Commissioner Don Samora, who is also a restaurant owner in St. Augustine Beach.
Commissioners Rumrell and Kostka voted against the mandate.
At the advice of the City Attorney, the Commission is now considering adding an ordinance in order to avoid lawsuits.
UPDATE: Some people are confused after seeing just days ago that mask mandates had been rejected by the city.
Mayor England did a little legal maneuvering and was able to get this resolution up for a majority only vote. The last meeting required a super majority since it was and "emergency" meeting and mandate.