Friday, January 07, 2011

Mayor says city should have
2 homeless "feeding centers"

Fort Lauderdale Mayor Jack Seiler is suggesting two "feeding centers" should be opened near downtown to help reduce the number of homeless hanging out in the city center.

Seiler’s suggestion comes after months of struggle to find a location for one feeding center.

One reason for two sites is that the city could face a federal court challenge if any one site is too inconvenient for the homeless. Two sites would guarantee a feeding center would be within reach of all those downtown.

Downtown business owners and residents have put increasing pressure on the city to do something about the use of Stranahan Park next to the main library as a gathering place for the homeless. They say the throngs discourage people from coming downtown.

Read the South Florida Sun-Sentinel report here.


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