NYC 'Burb to Gadhafi: Pitch Your Tent Elsewhere

Bedford issues stop-work order on Libyan leader's digs
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 23, 2009 4:47 AM CDT
Libya's leader Moammar Gadhafi sits in his tent in Sirte, Libya, during a 2007 meeting with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.   (AP Photo/Zohra Bensemra, Pool)
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(Newser) – The New York town of Bedford has become the latest community to tell Moammar Gadhafi to pitch his tent elsewhere, reports. The town issued a stop-work order to workmen erecting the Libyan leader's Bedouin-style tent on an estate owned by Donald Trump. Officials said no permits required for such work had been obtained. A spokesman for Trump said the estate had been rented to Middle East partners and not directly to the dictator, who is making his first-ever visit to the UN this week.

Gadhafi—who refuses to use elevators and will accept only first-floor hotel accommodations—has already been barred from erecting his tent  in Central Park and in Englewood, NJ. "I think it's safe to say that any community in the US would not want Moammar Gadhafi settling in, whether he's inside a tent or outside one," said State Sen. Vincent Leibell.
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