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Venice Boardwalk to Setup Free Speech Zones

The LA Times reports that the LA City Council has unanimously approved a new ordinance to regulate Venice Beach, curtail 'unwanted' commercial activity and bring order to an unruly subculture of freewheeling public expression with new rules setting noise limits on street performers.

In addition, the the boardwalk's west side will be divided into two free speech zones -- a "p-zone" and an "i-zone."

Between Memorial Day weekend and Nov. 1, so-called "free-speech performers" distributing newspapers, leaflets, bumper stickers and buttons will require a permit to work in one of 105 p-zone spaces.

Year-round permits for 100 i-zone spaces will be reserved for individuals selling items they have created or that are "inextricably intertwined" with their free speech message.

Read more in the LA TImes

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