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Sidewalk cafe vote postponed until Nov. 13


Annapolis Mayor Alfred A. Hopkins postponed a vote yesterday on whether to legalize sidewalk cafes downtown because of an alderman's illness.

Louise Hammond, who represents the historic district, could not attend the meeting because of bronchitis and an ear infection, city officials said.

The vote has been delayed until Nov. 13 because the sidewalk cafe legislation deals solely with Ms. Hammond's ward. The expected approval of the measure will end a year of debate and make sidewalk cafes permanent in downtown Annapolis. Most downtown restaurants started operating outdoor cafes after the council gave the establishments temporary approval last month.

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