Inner Harbor merchants forced to shut down early on the 4th

July 09, 2011

The front page article "Mayor responds to violence" (July 6) was a clear indication of how poorly this city was prepared for the celebration of our independence anniversary. One of the most important facets of this big night was the ability of the merchants along the Inner Harbor to stay open later than usual to help their profitability. Those businesses were forced to shut down — some as early as 9 p.m.

This is not the way for Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake to gain favor in the business community. Instead, the police should have had a better handle on the situation before the gangs of Baltimore dictated to police the decision to impose curfews on businesses. It is those youthful punks that should have been curfewed.

Madam Mayor, I do hope the ban on business at the Inner Harbor is lifted so the merchants can survive.

Peter J. Schap Jr., Cockeysville

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