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      Controversial zoning law has business owners talking

      The next Charlevoix Planning Commission meeting is set for Monday, August 11th.

      At Mondayâ??s Charlevoix Planning Commission meeting citizens got to give their feedback on a controversial law.

      In 2013, a zoning law passed by a city council vote that prohibits businesses from putting merchandise-displays in front of their shops on public property and restricts other items commonly found on the sidewalks.

      Some business owners and managers in Downtown Charlevoix don't think tightening restrictions on a business's use of the sidewalk will create a better business environment.

      "Our downtown street is a passage way to Mackinac," said Kathy Hunter of Momentum in Charlevoix. "When they see things they may stop, things outside the stores that attract them to stay."

      According to Charlevoix City Planner Mike Spence the law came into effect after many Charlevoix business owners came to him about the sidewalk clutter.

      "My office and the city council have both been getting bombarded with complaints about merchandise being displayed outside," said Spencer.

      Some other Northern Michigan towns that have similar restrictions on private use of public sidewalks include Harbor Springs, Boyne City and Grand Haven.

      The next Charlevoix Planning Commission meeting is set for Monday, August 11th.

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