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E-M:/ Traverse City - Cherry Tree Inn owner facing charges

TRAVERSE CITY -- An owner of a local hotel faces criminal charges for sending a bulldozer into Grand Traverse bay to reshape his beach.

Authorities charged Joseph Moffa, 42, president of Ohio-based Omni Hospitality and vice president of Pride One Cherry Tree LLC, with two criminal misdemeanors for violation of state wetlands and submerged bottomlands law. Both offenses are punishable by up to one year in jail.


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