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Tue May 15, 2012
Occupy Lansing Won't Be Welcome at Reutter Park This Year
Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero says the city won't let the local Occupy Wall Street affiliate stay in Reutter Park as it did last year.
Bernero chief of staff Randy Hannan tells Mlive.com (http://bit.ly/KkhMUO ) the city "learned a lot last year" and says the Occupy Lansing camping in Reutter Park is "problematic and ... expensive."
The city estimates last year's protest cost Lansing $20,000.
Hannan says Lansing won't give Occupy Lansing another waiver of the 10 p.m. park closing rule.
In October, Bernero gave Occupy Lansing a permit to stay in the park and provided police protection, bathrooms and trash services.
Occupy Lansing supporters showed up at the park Saturday and were told to leave at 10 p.m. WILX-TV says two were ticketed when they remained.