Archives: Kari Travis

  • UNC Board Members Call For Fennebresque Resignation

    RALEIGH — Today’s emergency meeting of the UNC Board of Governors, where a possible successor to outgoing president Tom Ross will be interviewed, is being called an attempt to bypass a law enacted by the General Assembly requiring more transparency in the selection process, leading several board members to call for…

  • Raleigh Working To Legalize, Then Regulate Airbnb

    RALEIGH — Airbnb and similar short-term rental services are illegal under Raleigh’s existing bed and breakfast zoning rules, said Eric Braun, chairman of the City Planning Department’s Text Change Committee, at a Sept. 15 meeting. “I think some people get mixed up and think we are regulating something that was…

  • Raleigh Sets Curfew for Outdoor Drinking, Dining

    RALEIGH — Under the provision passed Tuesday, restaurants must stop serving patrons on sidewalks at midnight Sunday through Thursday, and 1:00 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday. It also establishes a maximum capacity rule of 15 square feet per person for outdoor dining areas and requires outdoor areas where alcohol is…

  • Downtown Dining Curfew On Raleigh Council Agenda

    RALEIGH — After nearly two months of debate over appropriate late-night noise and pedestrian traffic levels in downtown Raleigh, bar and restaurant owners await the city council’s Aug. 4 vote on an outdoor dining proposal that would place curfews and seating limits on sidewalk patio areas. An earlier council proposal…

  • Bar Owners Urging Raleigh Not to Limit Patio Dining

    RALEIGH — Pedestrian safety and traffic issues brought to the city’s attention in mid-May spurred a June 1 proposal to revise the Private Use of Public Spaces handbook. The proposed change initially would have banned outdoor dining for establishments that make less than 30 percent of their revenue from food. Protests…

  • Committee: Outdoor Dining Enforcement Weak

    RALEIGH — A discussion Tuesday of alternative plans to regulate outdoor dining at Raleigh’s Law and Public Safety Committee saw city staffers agree that safety and “vibrancy” concerns with the Outdoor Dining Ordinance exist largely because of weak enforcement of rules.

  • Raleigh Council Softening Stance on Drinking Ban

    RALEIGH — Recent controversies surrounding alleged overcrowding, lack of pedestrian access, and excessive “vibrancy” along Fayetteville Street came before the council’s June 1 meeting, when members proposed banning sidewalk patio dining permits to establishments that make less than 30 percent of their sales from food. The change would threaten the ability…

  • Tax Cuts Will Boost State’s Business Rankings

    RALEIGH — Amid the uncertainty of state budget negotiations, one fact still holds: North Carolina’s corporate tax rates will continue to drop, and those cuts will improve the state's standing in an index from the Tax Foundation in Washington, D.C., ranking state business climates. Once the rates triggered by strong…