Wedding crasher: County curbs private business

Kenric Ward
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Apr 29, 2014 5:00 AM
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Wedding crasher: County curbs private business

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. — Call off the wedding. Spotsylvania County has imposed “special use permit” restrictions on a couple that’s been hosting marriages for years — effectively nullifying future nuptials at a once-thriving business.

Gary Gratopp, co-owner of Eden Try, said the county crackdown “defies logic.”

Yet the move resembles actions in nearby Fauquier County, where officials are employing permitting requirements to harass and intimidate private-property owners.