Judge shuts down Upper Peninsula ice racing track

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Officials have successfully shut down an ice racing track on private property in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

The Daily Press in Escanaba reports (http://bit.ly/ZhLSkh ) Saturday that a Delta County Circuit Court judge ruled in a civil lawsuit that Escanaba Township never granted approval to build the track or use the land for ice racing.

A permanent injunction was granted Friday.

Robert Barron and his brother started work on the track last year on 16 acres of land near several homes along the Escanaba River.

The newspaper reports that quads, motorcycles, and Sprint cars began racing there Jan. 14.

Barron testified last month at a hearing that the race track was considered as a landscaping project and that a township zoning official told him the ice racing project was "good to go."

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