Tuesday, February 23, 2010

No-camping ordinances pass

Posted By on Tue, Feb 23, 2010 at 4:56 PM

Despite a protest on the steps of City Hall and disapproving comments from many citizens, City Council once again voted 8-1 to approve two ordinances that will outlaw camping on city property.

The ordinances could spell the end of "Tent City," more than 100 tents along the banks of urban creeks that house the homeless.

While some attacked the ordinances as unjust or legally unenforceable, Council largely agreed the ordinance was necessary and that the homeless could find more suitable housing in local shelters. The exception was Councilor Tom Gallagher, who went so far as to compare the ordinance to Nazi domination that led to the Holocaust. That comment sparked the ire of Councilor Randy Purvis, who said "that's just beyond the pale."

Council did make one amendment to the ordinances, calling for the ordinances to be reviewed in six months.

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