[Hpn] St. Petersburg targets the homeless again

William C. Tinker wtinker@verizon.net
Thu, 10 Jan 2008 20:56:53 -0500


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Thursday, January 10, 2008
St. Petersburg targets the homeless again
http://jackiedowd.blogspot.com/2008/01/st-petersburg-targets-homeless-aga=
in.html
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For months, just a few feet from the steps of City Hall, a makeshift =
encampment has grown. Dozens of homeless people sleep along the sidewalk =
and store their belongings in sleeping bags, old suitcases and shopping =
carts.=20

They aren't breaking any laws, police say. But now city leaders want to =
change the laws to get rid of them.=20

Strict new ordinances would expand a ban on panhandling, give the city =
the power to seize private property from the homeless and forbid people =
from sleeping, lying down or even reclining on public rights of way in =
downtown St. Pete. (Click on the links to read the proposed ordinances.)

The City Council will discuss the proposals at meeting today.

Read the St. Petersburg Times report here.

Update: The City Council voted to crack down on panhandlers by creating =
additional zones around certain downtown tourist attractions where =
begging will be outlawed. Read the Tampa Tribune report here.


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<DIV style=3D"CLEAR: both"></DIV>For months, just a few feet from the =
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City Hall, a makeshift <A=20
href=3D"http://jackiedowd.blogspot.com/2007/01/watch-video-st-pete-police=
-slash-open.html"><STRONG><FONT=20
color=3D#dd6599>encampment</FONT></STRONG></A> has grown. Dozens of =
homeless=20
people sleep along the sidewalk and store their belongings in sleeping =
bags, old=20
suitcases and shopping carts. <BR><BR>They aren't breaking any laws, =
police say.=20
But now city leaders want to change the laws to <A=20
href=3D"http://jackiedowd.blogspot.com/2007/11/no-need-to-arrest-homeless=
-just-drown.html"><STRONG><FONT=20
color=3D#dd6599>get rid of them</FONT></STRONG></A>. <BR><BR>Strict new =
ordinances=20
would expand a ban on <A=20
href=3D"http://www.stpete.org/LegisStream/MG189631/AS189632/AS189638/AS18=
9639/AI190075/DO190104/DO_190104.pdf"><STRONG><FONT=20
color=3D#dd6599>panhandling</FONT></STRONG></A>, give the city the power =
to <A=20
href=3D"http://www.stpete.org/LegisStream/MG189631/AS189632/AS189645/AI19=
0196/DO190261/DO_190261.pdf"><STRONG><FONT=20
color=3D#dd6599>seize private property</FONT></STRONG></A> from the =
homeless and=20
forbid people from <A=20
href=3D"http://www.stpete.org/LegisStream/MG189631/AS189632/AS189645/AI19=
0195/DO190260/DO_190260.pdf"><STRONG><FONT=20
color=3D#dd6599>sleeping</FONT></STRONG></A>, lying down or even =
reclining on=20
public rights of way in downtown St. Pete. (Click on the links to read =
the=20
proposed ordinances.)<BR><BR>The <A=20
href=3D"http://www.stpete.org/council/index.htm"><STRONG><FONT =
color=3D#dd6599>City=20
Council</FONT></STRONG></A> will discuss the proposals at meeting=20
today.<BR><BR>Read the <EM>St. Petersburg Times</EM> report <A=20
href=3D"http://www.sptimes.com/2008/01/10/Southpinellas/City_targets_home=
less.shtml"><STRONG><FONT=20
color=3D#dd6599>here</FONT></STRONG></A>.<BR><BR><STRONG><SPAN=20
style=3D"COLOR: #cc0000">Update:</SPAN></STRONG> The City Council voted =
to crack=20
down on panhandlers by creating additional zones around certain downtown =
tourist=20
attractions where begging will be outlawed. Read the <EM>Tampa =
Tribune</EM>=20
report <A=20
href=3D"http://suncoastpinellas.tbo.com/content/2008/jan/10/st-petersburg=
-council-votes-add-no-begging-zones/"><STRONG><FONT=20
color=3D#dd6599>here</FONT></STRONG></A>.</DIV></DIV>
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