Fells Point businesses write letter to town requesting reinstatement of municipal services
Wednesday, June 9, 2021
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After a violent weekend in the city marked by two shootings at Fells Point early Sunday morning, Fells Point business leaders are demanding an immediate change.
More than three dozen Fells Point business owners sent a letter to Baltimore executives, including Mayor Brandon Scott, City Council Chairman Nick Mosby, City Councilor Zeke Cohen, State Attorney Marilyn Mosby and Police Commissioner Michael Harrison.
READ THE LETTER
âWhat is happening in our backyard – the chaos and lawlessness that escalated this weekend into another night of tragic and unspeakable gun violence – has been going on for far too long,â part of the letter says.
The letter demands that city leaders restore “basic and essential municipal services,” including road pickup, traffic enforcement and parking through tickets and towing, stopping illegal outdoor sales of alcohol and drugs; and empowering the police to do their jobs responsibly.
Business owners are threatening to withhold taxes and allow payments, placing those funds in an escrow account, if the city does not respond to their demand.
The effort of these companies is organized by Thiru Vignarajah, former candidate for mayor and current lawyer and part-time host of the radio show WBAL.
Listen: Thiru Vignarajah. talks about the letter to Dan Joseph from WBAL:
Nick Johnson, owner of Su Casa Furniture, told Dan Joseph of WBAL that business owners are frustrated.
Listen: Nick Johnson, Owner of Su Casa Furniture at Fells Point spoke to Dan Joseph of WBAL:
On Tuesday evening, Mayor Brandon Scott’s office responded to the letter.
“Mayor Scott shares business owners’ frustrations with violence across the city and has ordered the Baltimore Police Department, Department of Public Works and Department of Transportation to work collaboratively to address it,” said said Calvin Harris, the mayor’s director of communications. .
“The mayor works tirelessly to hold those who commit acts of violence to account, keep violent offenders off our streets, and identify gun traffickers so Baltimore residents can enjoy a night out without fear of harm. ‘be in danger,’ added Harris.
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