RENO — Reno elected officials have given the go-ahead for a Northern Nevada group to set up a three-month encampment modeled on Occupy Wall Street protests in New York and other cities.
Occupy Reno spokesman and University of Nevada, Reno, student Jared Lowell told the Reno Gazette-Journal that he thought the permit could be obtained soon. The Reno City Council waived a $35-per-day fee for use of the site near an unused municipal swimming pool several miles south of downtown Reno.
One councilman offered to pay for the $103 permit filling fee.
Encampment organizers agreed to follow public safety and health rules and provide portable toilets.
The council rejected a request for protesters to gather at a former regional transit bus station closer to downtown casinos. Officials cited safety concerns.