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August 28, 2013

Gran Prix gets green light

The Gran Prix of Gloucester will roll through Stage Fort Park for its 15th year next month, with permit approval in the rearview mirror after a City Council meeting Tuesday night.

The council voted unanimously to approve the permit in a 6-0 vote, with Councilors Bruce Tobey, Melissa Cox and Sefatia Romeo Theken absent.

The decision on whether or not to grant the group a permit became contentious after last year's muddy season left Stage Fort Park somewhat torn up in the wake of the race.

Councilors heard from residents on both sides of the issue at a public hearing preceding the vote Tuesday night. The council's 3-person subcommittee on planning and development voted unanimously last week to recommend that the full council grant the permit to Essex County Velo, which hosts the event.

The permit holds conditions however, including requiring Essex County Velo to present a bond prerace for repairs to the field after the event.

Race director Paul Boudreau had considered holding the event in other cities while waiting permit approval, but said he preferred to hold the race in Gloucester. Registration for the race opened this morning.

For full coverage, look to tomorrow’s print and online editions of the Gloucester Daily Times and gloucestertimes.com.

Marjorie Nesin can be reached at 978-283-7000 x3451, or mnesin@gloucestertimes.com.

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