2 Sides Face Off Ahead of Sugary Drink Hearing

More than 100 protesters gathered on the steps of City Hall on Monday to voice their opposition

Monday, Jul 23, 2012  |  Updated 12:55 PM EDT
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2 Sides Face Off Ahead of Sugary Drink Hearing

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Advocates on both sides of Mayor Bloomberg's proposal to limit the size of soda and other sugary drinks in eateries are facing off a day before public hearings.

More than 100 protesters gathered on the steps of City Hall on Monday to voice their opposition. Many wore T-shirts that said, "I picked out my beverage all by myself."

Some protesters say they work for Coca-Cola; others are representing the restaurant industry.

Real estate broker Danny Panzella says he has no financial stake in the issue and is protesting because he's a libertarian. He carried a sign that read, "My Body, My Choice."

Bloomberg held a separate event Monday promoting the proposal. He says the city's trans-fat ban met with similar resistance but is reducing fat consumption.

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