Monday, January 22, 2007

St. Pete tent city lives again

Eight hours after city officials raided two homeless tent camps and seized and slashed more than 20 tents Friday, a group of homeless advocates arrived with fresh supplies: new fire-retardant tents, plus portable toilets and fire extinguishers.

Read the Tampa Tribune story here, and see previous post here.

Meanwhile, the St. Vincent de Paul Society -- the former site of the tent city -- says good things came from the tent city. In a letter to the editor of the St. Petersburg Times, the society actually commends the St. Pete police for "maintaining order with compassion and concern for the safety and well-being of the tent city dwellers." I have to wonder if they still feel that way in the wake of the raid.

Want another perspective? A law enforcement oriented message board has a thread going on about this.


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