Eliza and her five-year-old sister Adela made the National News today… a day after they were told to pack up their lemonade stand on NCC property on a grassy median between Echo Drive and Colonel By Drive. It was another traffic-free Sunday bike day on Colonel By, and the girls were there to raise money to go to summer camp. At around 11 AM, a woman stopped her bike along the route and told them they weren’t allowed to be there. Eliza’s dad, Kurtis, wasn’t immediately convinced to leave — until an NCC officer came over to confirm they were on NCC property and that a permit was required for any sales. He was polite about it… but once the story got out… the public outcry prompted the NCC to apologize. Earlier today, the NCC says the junior conservation officer was acting in good faith in enforcing federal land use rules, but in a statement the commission says the situation could have been handled differently. It adds it has apologized to the family and has offered to help the girls reach their summer camp fund raising goal. So have a lot of other people and organizations. Happy ending and a lesson learned for these two young entrepreneurs.
Photo Credit: Kurtis Andrews