NewsRadio 920 WHJJ and the Associated Press

WESTERLY, R.I. (AP) — Westerly's town council has moved to block street vendors from setting up shop in town.

The Westerly Sun reports the council voted 4-2 Monday to approve an ordinance that would limit the lemonade trucks, ice cream stands and other street peddlers to one-time events, such as farmers markets and festivals.

Police Chief Edward St. Clair pushed for the ordinance, saying there were public safety problems caused by vendors who don't submit business plans to the town.

Vendors argued the ordinance threatens their livelihood and is unconstitutional. They threatened to go to court to block its enforcement.

The council rejected a call for a compromise ordinance that would have limited the number of street vendor licenses locations where they could work.


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