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Rev. Kevin Stewart, of the Hospitality Center of Racine, will be the featured speaker at the Business Ideas Exchange lunch Tuesday, Aug. 11. Stewart is expected to talk about the changes and events that have taken place at the shelter, which serves people who are homeless or nearly homeless. City plan commission members met last month to hear recommendations from city staffers to confirm the Hospitality Center’s conditional use permit as it was first approved in 2012 and defer any amendments for six to 12 months. The Hospitality Center has operated outside of their permit for some time as it moved from serving light snacks and refreshments to nearly 1,000 meals a week both with volunteers and partner organizations, and the hours of operation and services offered have moved beyond what was originally approved in 2012 and isn’t appropriately managed. Despite allegations of mismanagement, the plan commission decided to defer the decision, which allows the Hospitality Center to continue operating the way it has been until a long-term solution can be reached. But the matter is expected to be back on the plan commission agenda at its next meeting in two weeks. The event is free to all with the lunch being encouraged, but at your own discretion. The event is held at John’s Dock in downtown Racine, starting with social time and placing lunch orders at 11:30. Guest speakers begin after a short introduction at noon.  

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Denise Lockwood has an extensive background in traditional and non-traditional media. She has written for Patch.com, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.