Dad says city ordered kids to move lemonade stand off sidewalk

Ben and Aime Dreyer know a capitalist opportunity when they see it, their dad says.

That’s why they decided to take advantage of the location of their house in Westsyde next to the Rivers Trail and, each summer in recent years, put a lemonade stand up at the end of their driveway.

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“They’ve had it for about four years,” dad James said of his children. “Later, it turns into a produce stand when I harvest from the garden.

“My kids are capitalists so they want to get in on” being next to a trail frequented by people.

This week, however, the city’s bylaws department left a message for the family telling them to move the stand 12 feet into their driveway for safety reasons.

Ben is 13 and Aime is 11. Dreyer said they have been taught safety rules, have never had an issue or safety problem in the past and the stand is not on the road but a few feet back from it on the driveway.

In the voicemail message bylaws left, the family was told the stand needs to be on private and not public property.

Dreyer said he was surprised given this has not been an issue in the past four years.

He said on average one car

will drive by every five minutes — but the trail is often busy with people, particularly in the summertime.

“I fear this is just the start,” he said, “and next, they’ll require [business] permits on lemonade stands.”

Two messages left with the bylaws department did not elicit a reply by KTW press time.

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