Store owner seeks pawn license from commissioners

Estate Jewelry and Loan

Estate Jewelry and Loan will open at 401 Reid Avenue near the end of October.

Wes Locher
Published: Thursday, September 19, 2013 at 09:02 AM.

Estate Jewelry and Loan will soon open on Reid Avenue but Port St. Joe city commissioner’s reaction to the word “loan” raised questions regarding Nicholas DiLallo’s business.

Due to an ordinance set in 1969 requiring pawn licenses to be issued only with approval by city commissioners. DiLallo went before the group last month and made his request but the request was tabled.

Commissioner Rex Buzzett and Mayor Mel Magidson, Jr. were apprehensive about the pawn aspect of the business and wanted to discuss the addition with other business owners in the area.

The commissioners scheduled a hearing for Tuesday where a final decision will be reached.

“My concern was that it appeared we may be approving something so rapidly that other businesses may not find out what he’s doing,” said Buzzett. “We wanted to make sure it was compatible with what Reid Avenue has done over the past few years with the façade program.”

According to DiLallo, his business will be focused on jewelry and hard-to-find collectibles that include sports memorabilia, bronzes and paintings.

With the permission of commissioners he plans to offer discreet loan services for those in need.

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