Merchants on the Church Street Marketplace want state lawmakers to put teeth into anti-loitering law. Current law and ordinances aren’t enough, and apparently Burlington police have bigger problems.
"Public drunkenness, drug use, and harassment have always been a feature of the marketplace, said Mark Bouchett, who co-owns the Homeport store on Church Street. But it seems to be getting worse, he said. “It’s been kind of a perennial issue on the street for merchants, customers, and citizens,” Bouchett said. “There’s always been sort of vagrants hanging around, and harassment of people a little bit. It’s an issue everywhere. I would say it has heightened since Covid.”
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