Homeless must leave Florida Avenue sidewalk

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Posted: Wednesday, May 1, 2013 10:02 pm | Updated: 9:08 pm, Sat May 11, 2013.

SARASOTA, Fla. - After months of complaints from city residents, the 25-40 homeless people who live on the sidewalk adjacent to Florida Avenue must leave. Yet, they are getting some help from Sarasota's finest. 

The Sarasota Police Department issued warnings on Wednesday to those people, alerting them that if their tents and sleeping bags are still on the sidewalk by Sunday, everything will be confiscated.

"It's a violation of the law to sleep on the property, or to block the sidewalk," said Sarasota Police Chief Bernadette DiPino.

Rather than arresting the individuals, the Department is trying to assist. Police officers are looking for locations throughout the city where the homeless individuals can store some of their belongings.

Chief DiPino says the the Department is also looking to help the individuals by finding them transitional housing.  "We have an obligation as the police to enforce the laws, but also to understand and recognize that some people are sometimes not in the most fortunate positions. Being homeless is one of them," said DiPino.

Not all of those who live on the sidewalk want help. Jody Barker, who is homeless, says he doesn't expect many people in his position to take police up on the offer.  "All people are going to do now is move to the next street over, or you are going to have them scattered all around," said Barker.

If you'd like to assist the individuals who are willing to accept help, you are asked to contact the Sarasota Police Department. The Chief is looking for people who have open space to house some of those belongings.

If you are interested, contact the Sarasota Police Department at (941) 316-1199.

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9 comments:

  • Mike Jordan posted at 9:43 am on Sun, Mar 23, 2014.

    Mike Jordan Posts: 5

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  • Mike Jordan posted at 9:42 am on Sun, Mar 23, 2014.

    Mike Jordan Posts: 5

    How we treat them is a measure of the civility of the rest of us.

     
  • Mike Jordan posted at 9:41 am on Sun, Mar 23, 2014.

    Mike Jordan Posts: 5

    You can take great credit for publishing about this. There’s a heap of important info on the internet. You’ve got a lot of that lån info here on your website. I’m impressed I try to keep a couple blogs fairly up-to-date, but it can be difficult every now and then. You have done a fantastic job with this one. We will always have these people, who for one reason or another, cannot survive without our help, some who cannot live in a functional way without the community providing the structure, incentive and assistance to live their lives in a civilized way.

     
  • Jeron Teng posted at 6:01 am on Tue, Oct 15, 2013.

    Jeron Teng Posts: 1

    Many cities struggle with dealing with growing destitute populations, but some are buying a ticket out of town for any that want to leave. More places are transferring homeless willing to go, as it often solves difficulties for all parties involved. Ask for financial assistance to pay for your rent and avoid being homeless

     
  • foakes posted at 10:33 am on Thu, May 2, 2013.

    foakes Posts: 3

    I'm going to call that number and see how I can help. If the SPD is asking for help from the community, I'm going to step up. Maybe I can make calls to local area churches etc. I am going to be picking up a young man from the county jail tomorrow who was arrested twice for sleeping on the streets. He has no family here, lost his construction job, others that worked and roomed with him left town and he is stuck. I am going to let him sleep on my couch until he gets a job and can make it again on his own. He is not on drugs or mentally ill, just down and out and it really "Takes a Village" to help. I'm praying that others can do the same.

     
  • foakes posted at 10:25 am on Thu, May 2, 2013.

    foakes Posts: 3

    Thank you for starting the posts off in a positive manner. I agree, "How we treat them is a measure of of civility"

     
  • William Anderson posted at 7:24 am on Thu, May 2, 2013.

    William Anderson Posts: 7

    The city, Chief Dipino and the police can be proud when they are caught doing the right thing in regards to their treatment of the dysfunctional members of the community. We will always have these people, who for one reason or another, cannot survive without our help, some who cannot live in a functional way without the community providing the structure, incentive and assistance to live their lives in a civilized way. How we treat them is a measure of the civility of the rest of us.

     
  • LL posted at 3:44 am on Thu, May 2, 2013.

    LL Posts: 2

    Chief, DiPino,
    Respectfully, I suggest (since you will find very little help with this, other than possible Chusrches.. come on Local Churches, once again..lend out a helping hand!! Back to my suggestion Chief, how about the Sarasota Police Dept. Propertity room.. or since you are now in the new buliding another room, that way we will al know the homeless as well their belongings will be kept safe and in tact and close. I would sincerely like to know your opinion on this. Let's be honest. Many of them do not want any real help, just money for beer and drugs, do you honestly think a lot of people wnay to get involoved with this? Isn't it safter for YOU PUBLIC if your dept. stores thier belongings. And the ones who really do want help, we both know they can go to the Salvatation Army. Yes, Sally has rules, but so does Sarasota. Just my humble opinion. And again, being mindful of the severe hardships of "some" I respectfully would like to know if your dept. can hold their belongings?? Many people are afraid because of the drugs and all. I do not agree with them building a Mini Cal. tent city,"Tent City.: but I get it, drugs and all they do need hepl. Good luck with this one Chief, seriously and honestly pray for the right answers and the right and best out come, I know no matter what, they too, are troubled humane beings.''
    Either way I am glad something is being done and I commend you for this first step!
    Sincerely, LL

     
  • LL posted at 2:37 am on Thu, May 2, 2013.

    LL Posts: 2

    Either way you look at it, it is a mess. Sad and I do not believe there are any answers in this.

     

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