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Charlotte community reacts to closing restaurants

Rochester, N.Y. -- A lakefront community is watching one business leave, with another one possibly on its way out of the ferry terminal in Charlotte.

The owner of California Rollin' said the restaurant's lease may not being renewed.  The restaurant might relocate if that happens.

Pier 45 is closing its doors. According to the operator Joe Floreano, he ended his contract with the city because it had become too challenging to keep going, especially with the consruction thats made it difficult for customers to get to the restaurant.

Feelings are mixed about the closing of Pier 45.

People down here are everyday people, they enjoy the restaurants we do have and they were trying to have a restaurant that was just out of place, said Lee Selover, spokesperson for the Port Charlotte Merchants Association. Who knows what the citys going to do, especially with the change in administration, but I think if they got take bids from people in the city, theres a lot of fine restaurant owners. If we had a nice restaurant over there we would all benefit off of, thats the most important part because that makes a community.

Residents like Anne Shoniker hope other types of businesses open in the area.

I think we should have little boutiques, little specialty shops maybe some restaurants and maybe some little coffee shops that are going to attract people here, said Shoniker.

The Charlotte Community Association is working to bring new business to the area.  The organizations president, Michael Parker, said he was surprised to hear the news about the two restaurants possibly leaving the ferry terminal.

But, Parker said the group will continue to work to try and bring businesses into Charlotte.

There needs to be a balance," he said. "It would be great if we could find a balance somehow or another to improve the surroundings that help the city with its tax base and also get more people coming down and enjoying what were enjoying here in Charlotte."

A spokesperson with the City of Rochester said the other businesses in the building will open in April.

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Washington Times