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Traverse City approves summer festival limit

AP Wire • Jul 21, 2015 at 1:39 PM

City commissioners voted Monday amid a local debate over whether festivals are occupying "Open Space" for too long during the busy tourist season. Some backing the change say the limit won't hurt tourism.

Commissioners also said the new limit would address residents' concerns about the number of large events in a reasonable manner.

The National Cherry Festival and the Traverse City Film Festival would still be allowed following the change, in addition to one event in June and another in August. The policy also would ban events at the Open Space on Memorial Day and Labor Day.

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