Saturday, January 13, 2007

Tent city deadline passes ...

The homeless and their advocates held a rally at noon rally Friday at the tent city, at which they criticized the city and even St. Vincent de Paul for agreeing to shut down the site before all of its residents had found a place to go.

Photo by the
St. Petersburg Times

Friday came and went without a showdown at the tent city for the homeless in downtown St. Petersburg.

The St. Vincent de Paul Society, which had allowed a group of homeless to pitch their tents on its lot, had set a deadline of noon Friday after the social service organization was cited for code violations by the city.

While saying they were grateful for the help, some of the homeless and their supporters said St. Vincent de Paul could have done more to fight for the tenters' right to stay, such as accepting donations to pay for code violation fines. At the rally, several held signs critical of St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Baker, who has the authority to waive the code enforcement.

Read the St. Petersburg Times story here.