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Thursday, February 21, 2008

Some want stricter sidewalk dining regulations

In this morning's Coeur d'Alene Press, reporter Lucy Dukes wrote about an effort to rachet down on Sherman Avenue restaurants that provide sidewalk dining. Of course, it's a controversial topic. There are some ADA considerations, but there are also some economic concerns. The story quotes two downtown patrons, who frame both sides of the issue:

Peter Joksimovic said he doesn't have room on the sidewalk to walk both his pit bull and Rottweiler once warmer weather rolls around. "I think people should close down Sherman (Avenue) during the summertime so people can walk down the road," he said.

Others like the sidewalks used just the way they are.

Larry Petillo says the streets never get so congested that walkers can't get through, and he enjoys outside seating downtown, where he takes his mother every day during the summer. "I think it's great that people are able to sit outside and enjoy the beautiful weather," he said.

Read the full story here

What are your thoughts on this issue? Should we make way for the pitbulls and rotweillers, or grin and bear it during the summer months?

Jeff's Take: Grin and Bear it

1 comment:

Overtheroadguy said...

I enjoy the outside dining in the summer. Most people don't care for dog walkers walking large dogs on Sherman's sidewalks anyway. Small dogs are not a bother. Large dogwalkers walk them somewhere else.

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