Friday, July 22, 2011

Police ordering homeless off church property

Panama City police say they didn't know about the homeless camp until a few days ago. But from the setups and well worn trails through the property, it seems apparent it’s not a new development and an estimated 25 to 35 people live there. The sites have places to eat with tables and chairs, places to sleep with bedding inside tents and under tarps, and places to cook with fire pits and barbecue grills.

When police officers first learned of the site, they walked through and told the people there they planned to contact property owners to find out if they wanted those staying there to be asked to move, said Sgt. Jeff Becker.

The location is comprised of land held by several property owners, but the largest piece, about 12 acres, is owned by the First United Methodist Church. Church representatives, who could not be reached for comment, told police officers they didn’t want the homeless living there, Becker said.

Read the Panama City News-Herald report here.

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