The Occupy Dayton movement has agreed to temporarily relocate to Dave Hall Plaza on Main Street. The agreement was reached to allow for the set up of the annual Grande Illumination light display. The group was somewhat divided after Sandy Gudorf, the president of the Downtown Dayton Partnership, approached the occupiers with the proposal for temporary relocation.
However, at a general assembly meeting, a majority of the occupiers voted in favor of the relocation for the ceremony. Occupier Dana Fleetham says there was disagreement leading up to the decision to move.
"We've had a lot of division prior to that. But it was really that the people who are camping, who are there most of the time have said 'Hey, let's move,' and that's when it seemed to sway the public opinion of everyone. And the main reasons that have been cited were wanting to work better with the community; wanting to be not as abrasive to the community so that we can get on board with other local community partners," says Fleetham.
After the requested three day move, Occupy Dayton will return to Courthouse Square.