RI man told to stop selling Christmas trees

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Posted: Dec 17, 2014 10:04 AM

WOONSOCKET, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island man has been ordered to stop selling Christmas trees from his yard after neighbors complained to City Hall.

Douglas Taft tells the Woonsocket Call (http://bit.ly/1AaYRYI ) he was selling the trees as a fundraiser for his daughter's high school track team.

He says he called City Hall first and was told there would be no problem.

He bought 16 trees from a local garden center for $16 each and began selling them for $26.

He was issued a cease and desist order about two weeks ago. Taft says he still has about a dozen unsold trees.

City Solicitor Michael Marcello says it's illegal to run a business from a residential zone, and if someone with the city told Taft he could sell Christmas trees, they gave him bad information.

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Information from: The Call, http://www.woonsocketcall.com