A popular tourist attraction could soon reopen after being forced to shut down earlier this year.
Town of Cambria officials issued a cease and desist letter to the owners of the Sunflowers of Sanborn in September due to zoning issues.
“It was very disappointing because of all of the hard work that we put into our field that we have done,” owner Louise Brachman said.
But now following a ruling made by the town’s planning board, business could soon be blooming once again. According to Town Supervisor Wright Ellis, the board recently decided to allow businesses in different zones – specifically residential zones like in the Sunflowers of Sanborn’s case – to apply for special event permits. Businesses would then have to get approval by the planning board to hold events.
“By doing that, we maintained the legitimacy of our zoning ordinance while giving some accommodation to [businesses],” Ellis said.
Brachman said she’s already creating a list of events to apply for in order to get the field back up and running. She said the plan is to present the event list to the board at their meeting in May.
“To see something this positive go away that has touched so many lives would be very devastating,” Brachman said. “So it definitely brings a joy back to my family that we can move forward and hopefully have a great season to come.”
Once the business receives approval from the planning board, Brachman said she will post a list of their scheduled events on the Sunflowers of Sanborn’s Facebook page.