ALERT: homeless swept from Atlantic City Boardwalk FWD

Tom Boland (wgcp@earthlink.net)
Sun, 24 May 1998 08:38:05 -0700 (PDT)


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ATLANTIC CITY CLEARS HONELESS FROM BOARDWALK

May 22, 1998 Eastern

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J., May 22 (Reuters) - With the summer tourist
season set to begin this weekend, Atlantic City police Friday evicted
homeless people from makeshift shelters under the resort's famous
Boardwalk.

Authorities roused 35 people from their beds and cardboard hovels in
the sandy shadows of the Boardwalk's wooden planks, Police
Detective Joe Latorre said.

Twenty-six men and one woman were referred to a local rescue
mission that offered housing and assistance for up to 90 days, or bus
fare out-of-town. Eight others refused assistance from police and were
told not to return to the spot.

The number of people found living under the 4 1/2 mile-long
Boardwalk, which runs along the busy beachfront casinos, shops and
restaurants, was down from 56 a year ago.

``There were a lot of new faces, so it shows the ones we dealt with
last year either moved on or chose to get some kind of help,'' Latorre
said.

Police promised to make intermittent sweeps for homeless people
between Memorial Day and Labour Day, when the East Coast
gambling capital's casinos swell with summer tourists from all along
the Jersey Shore.

Officials were unable to say how many homeless people live in
Atlantic City, once a bustling U.S. coastal resort that lost out in recent
decades to more modern leisure centres such as Orlando, Florida. The
city is still home to the Miss America Pageant, which began there
during the boom years of the 1920s.

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