Occupy Richmond Hit With Zoning Violation

Movement camped in house next door to Richmond mayor

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    Protesters held a rally at the VCU compass to gain support for Richmond's Occupation movement, Richmond, VA, October 31, 2011. The Occupy Richmond protesters held a rally in Monroe Park and the VCU compass after its camp at Kanawha Plaza was raided by the police. (AP Photo/Zach Gibson)

    Richmond officials have issued a zoning-violation notice to a newspaper publisher who is allowing Occupy Richmond protesters to camp in his yard.

    Raymond Boone, editor and founder of the Richmond Free Press, received a notice from the city Tuesday stating that he should immediately end the "unlawful use and occupancy of the property" and remove temporary sanitary facilities, media outlets reported.

    Boone offered his lawn next-door to Mayor Dwight Jones' residence to the protesters after the city cleared them from a downtown plaza on Oct. 31.

    Boone has 30 days to appeal the violation notice to the Board of Zoning Appeals. He said he has not decided whether he will appeal.

    ``I have to make informed decisions, and I have to talk to my guests,'' he told the Richmond-Times Dispatch.

    Jones spokeswoman Tammy D. Hawley told the newspaper that the notice was prompted by complaints from residents in the neighborhood.