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Raleigh Council to Discuss Flea Market's Future

Posted April 9, 2007

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— Two City Council committees on Tuesday plan to discuss how best to clamp down on a flea market that has become a crime hot spot.

Since January 2006, police have been called to Watson's Flea Market on Rock Quarry Road 388 times. Most of the calls involved traffic issues -- as many as 15,000 people visit the flea market on weekends -- but problems have gotten more serious in recent months.

State investigators raided Watson's in January and seized $1 million worth of counterfeit goods. Last month, police arrested a man after a vendor was found dead in his booth.

The City Council's Law and Public Safety Committee will meet with the Public Works Committee on Monday, and Councilman Philip Isley said it might be time for the city to file a nuisance action against Watson's that could force the flea market to close or reduce its hours of operation.

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  • AuntySocial Apr 10, 2007

    the reason you don't see the police at the state fair grounds flea market is simple, the city isn't trying to condemn it so they can use it for what they want.

    i'm also sure there are counterfeit products at both the state fair flea market and flea market mall. as i stated earlier, the city isn't going for those properties.

  • RIBEYE Apr 10, 2007

    What would happen if they agreed to grant the flea market a liquor license? What could happen then? Why shut it down when the place can be used for fun and good times?

  • El Doggo Apr 10, 2007

    Well, I wonder if they, raleigh, decided to continue to conspire to STEAL it from its owners????

  • Al Capone Apr 9, 2007

    Just stop sending the police there if you want it open. 388 times is such a waste of time and manpower. Face it, it's a nuisance and needs to be shut down. I don't see the flea market at the fair grounds having these problems. I wonder why?????

  • superman Apr 9, 2007

    Guess the police will be checking on neighborhood yard sales now. They could be selling counterfeit merchandise as well as drugs. You ever try to drive thru a neighborhood when they having a yard sale-- cars parked everyone-- !!!! The city counsel needs to get a life.

  • mslisac363 Apr 9, 2007

    Keep the thugs out! That use to be a nice morning trip.

  • refiman Apr 9, 2007

    maybe they should address the fact that they are trying to force this man out of business just so that they can waste more tax dollars on something to be vandalized (a stadium) the way that flea market has operated has not changed, the city just came up with an idea on how to screw the tax payer

  • happyday Apr 9, 2007

    i love that flea market.

  • normalthinking Apr 9, 2007

    this place is a public safety concern and should be shut down

  • CherryDarling Apr 9, 2007

    Maybe they were selling illegal goods to pay for a tank of gas...

    HAHA!

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