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City of Bayfield Stops Oppressing B&B's

Written By: WI Inst. for Law and Liberty  |  Posted: Friday, May 11th, 2012

In a victory for small businesses fighting government over-regulation everywhere, the City of Bayfield in northern Wisconsin has agreed to settle a federal lawsuit by repealing regulations four bed & breakfast owners had argued were unconstitutional.  These regulations had restricted who could own and operate a B&B in Bayfield by requiring owners to live in the B&B at least half the year, list the B&B on their driver's license, and establish the B&B as their permanent voting residence.

"We've been welcoming guests to Bayfield for 14 years," said Barb Hoekstra, one of the plaintiffs.  "If this ordinance had been in effect back in 1998, we would have found somewhere else to open a bed and breakfast."

In a settlement agreement reached between the parties, the city has agreed to repeal those changes, bringing its B&B regulations in line with statewide requirements.  In return, the B&B owners have agreed to dismiss their lawsuit, although they are reserve their right to challenge any future regulations in court, if necessary.

Read more at Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty.  Also, here is an informative, earlier article on the lawsuit

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