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Sheriff's Capt. Steve DeBry, who oversees Holladay's police services, has recommended the City Council look at adopting an ordinance that would require pickets to stand at least 100 feet from a targeted residence.
Salt Lake County is poised to give final approval to its residential protesting ban next week. Salt Lake City approved a similar one last year. Both actions were in response to animal-rights protests held outside the homes of University of Utah researchers.
"They have a right to protest, but I think it's a fine line there when they cross over to someone's residence," DeBry said. He noted that none of the researchers targeted by recent protests has been a Holladay resident, but demonstrators in the past have assembled outside homes in this suburb.
The Holladay City Council will discuss the measure at a work meeting Thursday at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall, 4580 S. 2300 East. If council members want to pursue it, the proposed ordinance could be up for a formal vote in February or March.
- Rosemary Winters