New Mexican Restaurant Planned in Florissant; City Ups Non-Resident Pool Fees

By Carol Arnett

Residents of Florissant may soon be able to enjoy another Mexican restaurant, but declined a deli from barbecuing on its parking lot.  Chimi’s Fresh Mex wants to come into the city.

Jesus Casillas, the owner of the restaurant, came before the city council in a public hearing last week. He already has restaurants in St. Peters, Wildwood, and Woodson. He would like to open one near the intersection of Lindbergh and Washington. The restaurant would start by employing five employees, but Casillas said it would eventually employ up to 15.

The council held a first reading on the bill that would authorize the restaurant.

The council declined, however, to hold a second reading or vote on a bill that would Weaver’s Deli to barbecue on their parking lot at 12761 New Halls Ferry. Thayer Weaver came before the council at a previous meeting to request a special use permit that would allow him to barbecue outside his restaurant. The council voted unanimously not to give the bill a second reading.

The council also held a public hearing regarding a request by Platinum Investors, doing business as Platinum Motors, to open a car sales and leasing establishment at 605 Loyola Drive. The city’s Planning and Zoning Commission (P and Z) recommended approval with stipulations.

Councilman Joe Eagan represents Ward 3, in which the business would be located. He said he had received several emails from residents who said they thought there were already too many car lots on Lindbergh.

Eagan also said that he thought there was too much traffic on that stretch of Lindbergh and the site was too small. “I just don’t think you have the room here to safely run a business,” he said. He said that he had been to look at the site and almost got hit exiting the lot.

The council held a first reading on the bill.

Rates Raised at Pools for Non-Residents

In other matters , the council voted to raise the rates for the pool  facilities (Bangert Pool and the Koch Park Aquatic facility) for non-residents.

At both facilities, fees for non-residents aged 4-17 will go from $4 to $10. Adult fees will rise from $6 to $12. The rate for children three and under will remain $2.

Season pass fees will also change. The outdoor pool pass will rise from $11 to $140 for non-residents youth, from $15 to $190 for non-resident adults, and from $200 to $275 for non-resident families.

The indoor/outdoor season pass will rise from $150 to $190 for non-resident youth, from $200 to $240 for non-residents adults, and from $250 to $325 for non-resident families.

Council President Keith Schildroth said that the rate change “puts us on a par with other neighboring cities.”


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