Those three councilors will make a recommendation — which could be fully approving, completely rejecting, or requesting changes to the permit application — to the full City Council for a decision in a special meeting to be held on Wednesday, December 7. No matter the outcome, negotiations with the Occupy group are likely to continue: As a message relayed from Occupy attorney John Branson to the Sunday GA said, the permitting process has a lot of opportunity for amendments and appeals in an attempt to forestall an outright denial.

Another time-buying tactic is in use in Augusta, where protesters have received temporary protection from a federal judge, preventing the Capitol Police from evicting the Occupation's campground on the grounds of the State House until a court hearing next week. (See Lance Tapley's report for more details on this and other Augusta developments.)

In Bangor, according to that city's Daily News, the protesters' overnight use of the city-owned portion of Peirce Park remains the subject of discussions; their camping and tents on adjoining land owned by the Bangor Public Library has been specifically allowed by the library's board of trustees.

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