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E-M:/ Judge: Cherry Tree Inn broke wetlands laws

Hotel owner found guilty in court
TRAVERSE CITY -- An owner of a hotel on East Grand Traverse Bay was wrong to order a bulldozer to dredge and groom a protected portion of bay bottom, a judge ruled.

Now, Ohio businessman Joseph C. Moffa will be sentenced on two criminal misdemeanors for violations of state wetlands and submerged bottomlands laws. Eighty-Sixth District Judge Michael J. Haley presided over a bench trial in August and announced his guilty verdict Thursday.


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