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Restaurants, Vendors At Odds Over 'Turf War'

Posted August 10, 2004 4:49 a.m. EDT

— Restaurant owners and vendors in Raleigh are relying on city leaders to settle a turf war.

Vendors who set up across from the legislative building do not want newcomers encroaching on their spot. Some vendors want the city council to designate spots.

In addition, restaurants claim the vendors are dipping into their profits.

"If someone is siphoning off $50 or $100, I don't care if you think it is a day or a week or a year and a half later, you are still trying to get relief from that," said Margaret Mullen, of the Downtown Raleigh Alliance. "There is a strong likelihood that this is going to have an impact of closing your business."

Mullen wants the city's Law and Public Safety Committee to regulate the vendors. The committee asked staff members to come up with a temporary ordinance that would set limits on how close vendors can be near restaurants.

The staff is looking at how other cities are dealing with the issues before they take it to the full City Council.