By STAFF | WHTC.com
HOLLAND, MI (WHTC) – A 13-year-old Holland boy who just wanted to help provide for his family got the chance to do that today.
Nathan Duszynski attempted last month to sell hot dogs from a mobile cart in a parking lot across from City Hall, but was thwarted by the city’s zoning code. City Council last week used a variance in the ordinance that allows special use of sidewalks and streets to allow the teen to sell, through October, on the sidewalk outside of the River Avenue sporting goods store that had initially allowed Duszynski to use its lot for his enterprise. Mayor Kurt Dykstra added that city staffers should take a full look at the downtown zoning code that had prohibited mobile sales, with the possibility that those ordinances could be amended.
The youth was attempting to provide for his family, both of whom are collecting disability for debilitating illnesses that they claim prevent them from holding down full-time employment. Groups such as the Ottawa County Patriots, a Tea Party-related organization, and the Mackinac Center for Public Policy have already issued statements of support for Duszynski.
Since the story broke, Duszynski sold his cart to a local business, who agreed to allow him to use it outside of scheduled company activities, and his stepfather, Douglas Johnson, was arrested and is jailed on felony fraud charges.