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Indy downtown promoters to pay busted youth group

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A not-for-profit that promotes downtown Indianapolis has apologized to a youth group whose cookie sale was shut down in a sweep of unauthorized food vendors.

Indianapolis Downtown Inc. spokesman Bob Schultz said Sunday the Christ Church Cathedral youth group wasn't among authorized food vendors during the Circle of Lights lighting ceremony on Monument Circle that drew tens of thousands of people Friday night.

Indianapolis Downtown acknowledged Sunday it asked code enforcement officials to shut down unauthorized vendors. A city ordinance adopted for the 2012 Super Bowl requires city permits for sidewalk vendors during downtown events.

Christ Church, located on the Circle since 1857, has been giving away hot chocolate and selling cookies as a youth group fundraiser at the event for decades. The bags of cookies sold for $1 this year.

The cookie sale typically raises about $1,000, but officials of the Episcopal church say sales totaled about $600 when halted.

Schultz says Indianapolis Downtown will pay the difference to the group.

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  • IDI
    Remember folks this is the same group that directly or indirectly spent $15,000.00 to rent a fake ice rink for a couple days on Georgia Street. I guess it escaped them there are not one but two permanent olympic size ice rinks on Georgia St.
  • Almighty NFL
    Sounds like something the NFL pushes for to protect their sponsors. Does the city still need to bow down to the NFL if there is no Super Bowl this year?
  • Ridiculous
    I can understand vendors selling things on city property, but if stores have permits for sidewalk vending, like Starbucks probably does have, that should cover this. In addition, the church owns their own property. It should be within their rights to sell items if it wishes, or to take donations, on their own property. If nothing else, it should be grandfathered. Sounds to me like a bit of overkill on the city's part.
  • Health Violation
    Food vendors have to get checked by the Health Department. Do we know that the Health Department has ever checked the basement of the church to make sure it is safe?
  • It's always about the money
    If it's a youth group affiliated with the church that happens to own the land on Monument Circle since 1857, they shouldn't have to have any authorization to have a fundraiser in their own front yard.
  • Fall from grace
    IBJ's woman of the year became the Grinch this Friday. The Ordinance needs to go and Starbucks should also be compensated.
  • Outdated ordinance?
    Why is an ordinance created for the Super Bowl nearly two years ago still in effect? Street vendors add to a city's personality and vitality and shouldn't be over-regulated.
  • Their own property
    They were handing out free cocoa and selling cookies on their own property -- not selling on city property.
  • why the exception?
    Just curious. If the youth group was not an authorized vendor and all unauthorized vendors were shut down, then why the exception? What am I missing here? Does the law state that if it is a youth group affiliated with a church then it does not have to be authorized??

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