LGBTQ business owner closes Micanopy store over safety concerns

Some Micanopy business owners say they have been attacked and discriminated against by town officials and some locals for showing support for the LGBTQ community.

One of the businesses has closed its shop due to safety concerns.

in January. On 14/14, the owners of antique store Restless Mommas announced in a Facebook post that they were closing in Micanopy. While no specific threats were mentioned, the store, owned by a same-sex couple, hinted at being kicked out of town due to the anti-LGBTQ views of some area residents.

“It was a horrible minute there,” the page tweeted to one commenter.

“We’re very saddened by this … but we can’t risk our safety.”

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For safety reasons, the Micanopy store Restless Mommas at 206 NE Cholokka Blvd is temporarily closed.

The concerns stemmed from an enforcement letter sent to the store telling the owner to remove a pride flag on the side of their building, which was first raised in June. Town officials said the flag violated local land development regulations that prohibit the flying of “pennants.”

But it wasn’t the only business to receive the letter. Melissa Bambrick, who manages Lost Ark Antiques, said she put up a rainbow-colored flag that read “Hate Has No Home Here.” She said the letter was received in late November, shortly after she raised the flag.

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