City officials and ATV advocates say businesses have been happy with the traffic. Some residents haven’t been as keen.
Councilors chose not to act on a request to officially observe the holiday after an acidic debate about racial equity, union barriers and the civil rights leader’s legacy Monday.
The 414-294 vote followed the filing of a repeal petition and reaffirmed a regulation adopted last October by the City Council.
Opponents of the ordinance, which allows ATVs on roads in Newport’s downtown, gathered enough signatures to trigger a public vote.
A group of residents is gathering signatures to trigger a citywide vote on the recently passed law, which allows ATVs to travel many roads downtown.
In the wake of last week’s federal charges, some are pointing a finger of blame at the state, saying it was responsible for providing oversight through the state-run EB-5 regional center.
Will the landfill expansion be another, even-more permanent “hole” — do we want to risk our future in this way?