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Raleigh Council to Discuss Flea Market's Future

Posted April 9, 2007 8:00 a.m. EDT
Updated April 9, 2007 9:03 a.m. EDT

— 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.