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Occupiers Leaving Downtown Louisville Encampment

By Associated Press

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Protestors with Occupy Louisville who have been living outdoors at a downtown park are being told to clear out by the end of the day.

The occupiers are an offshoot of the Occupy Wall Street protest camp in Manhattan.

The Courier Journal reports (http://cjky.it/IQT4fS ) the members have a deadline of 12:01 a.m. Saturday to have the Founders Square park clear of tents and personal items.

A handful of tents remained early Friday morning at the park at Muhammad Ali Boulevard and Fifth Street.

The city on Friday denied an appeal of a permit extension for the occupiers.

The ruling on the appeal, released by the mayor's office, concluded that "the proliferation of tents, grills, coolers and other personal items ... has impeded full access to, and precluded the unfettered use of, the entire property by the general public."

It cited damage to the park's lawn, and noted that it will need to be re-sodded at a cost of about $7,000, city officials have said.

City officials had said they want the park cleared before Kentucky Derby Festival activities begin.
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