- Associated Press - Friday, May 13, 2016

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Mecklenburg County’s health director has proposed restricting fast-food restaurants from opening near high schools as a way to improve the health of teenagers.

The Charlotte Observer reports (http://bit.ly/24Pq4hP) that health director Marcus Plescia presented his idea to Mecklenburg commissioners Tuesday as part of an overall plan to improve the health of county residents. It would be coupled with an effort to bring more fresh food and grocery stores to low-income neighborhoods.

Any restriction on fast food would likely have to be done in partnership with the city of Charlotte and Mecklenburg towns, which pass zoning regulations. It’s unclear how far the restaurants would be restricted.

Some commissioners were skeptical of the idea. Republican Bill James said “Wendy’s and McDonald’s are not morally equivalent to strip clubs.”

It’s unlikely an ordinance would affect existing restaurants.

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Information from: The Charlotte Observer, http://www.charlotteobserver.com

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