Phenix City may limit yard sales to 2 a year

PHENIX CITY, Ala. (AP) - The Phenix City Council is expected to vote this week on an ordinance that would limit the number of yard sales residents can have to two a year.

The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer reports that if the ordinance passes Tuesday, it would become a misdemeanor for residents to hold more than two yard sales in the same year. It would also limit the duration of a yard sale to three consecutive days.

City and law enforcement officials are pushing for the change.

Assistant Police Chief Robert Casteel says some people have yard sales every weekend, effectively running thrift stores out of their homes. He says it annoys neighbors and creates traffic problems.

Mayor Sonny Coulter says he expects the ordinance to pass.

Violators would face a fine of $50 to $500.

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