A Florida City Made It Illegal for Homeless People to Cover Themselves With Blankets

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Pensacola has gone all-in in the run for Most Horrible City on the Planet with its "camping ordinance."

What is that, you ask?

Why, it's a law that prevents homeless people from covering themselves up with a blanket, and yes, this is a real thing, and yes, OF COURSE this is happening in Florida.

So far, attempts to have the city repeal the ordinance have fallen on deaf ears.

Maybe they think if enough homeless people die from exposure, the homelessness problem in Pensacola will vanish? BRILLIANT!

However, a Change.org petition to have the ordinance repealed has been on the internet for a few weeks now and has already hit more than 10,000 signatures.

Of course, when the City Council was putting this law together in 2013, people protested.

Not shocking, because of horribleness.

But the city decided to ignore the protests and went with the ordinance anyway.

Not shocking, because, Florida!

Apparently, the city wanted to put an end to what it called "camping," because it's considered detrimental to sanitation, public health, and safety. Or do you people NOT remember that the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 was started by a blanket?!

The ordinance also stipulates that camping has a detrimental effect on Pensacola's "aesthetics."

Because having human people without a place to live covering themselves with a blanket is just plain icky to look at, you guys.

Specifically, the ordinance says that it's illegal for a person to be "adjacent to or inside a tent or sleeping bag, or atop and/or covered by materials such as a bedroll, cardboard, newspapers, or inside some form of temporary shelter."

So, good news, homeless people: If you have anything other than a blanket, cardboard, newspaper, tent, or sleeping bag to cover yourself with -- you're golden!

Maybe cover yourself with fish? THAT's not listed in the ordinance. Ha. Ha. Nice try, City Council people!

In addition to collecting signatures, the makers of the Change.org petition are asking those interested in things like compassion, empathy, and common fucking human decency to email the Pensacola mayor about those things.

Until then, thanks to Pensacola, Florida remains the place where a person without a home is a far greater risk to public safety than a guy who goes around shooting unarmed people and getting away with it.

You can sign the petition here.

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Ahh, the GOP at work yet again..



    One commentator argues persuasively that anti-sleeping ordinances can burden the right to travel of homeless individuals when they create direct barriers to travel, are intended to impede travel or penalize migration. Antihomeless Laws at 616. This is so particularly when no alternative shelters are available because laws that prevent homeless individuals from seeking shelter in the limited areas that do exist result in their facing the choice of being arrested for violating the law or of leaving the jurisdiction altogether. 34

Like the anti-sleeping ordinances, the City’s enforcement of laws that prevent homeless individuals who have no place to go from sleeping, lying down, eating and performing other harmless life-sustaining activities burdens their right to travel. As the Supreme Court explained, laws penalize travel if they deny a person a “necessity of life,” such as free medical care. Memorial Hosp., 415 U.S. at 258-59. Similarly, preventing homeless individuals from performing activities that are “necessities of life,” such as sleeping, in any public place when they have nowhere else to go effectively penalizes migration. Indeed, forcing homeless individuals from sheltered areas or from public parks or streets affects a number of “necessities of life"- for example, it deprives them of a place to sleep, of minimal safety and of cover from the elements.

frankd4 topcommenter

..........................PENSACOLA has to simply find a way to monetize their homeless population like we do here in FT LIQUORDALE ................we arrange daily trips in Fire Department Equipment to shuttle them to local hospitals to get treatment until they are ambulatory enough to ride the County buses around

the Fire Dept get reimbursed about $1,600 from Medicaid per trip, the hospital from Medicare (who knows what they charge BUT a typical homeless person could be worth HUNDREDs of THOUSANDs a year) and the BCT from a federal subsidy of $55,ooo,ooo

cha-ching cha-ching !

even the PREDATOY TOWING operators use them as spotters (who else can spend and entire day in ONE place with nothing else to do and all day to do it) for the cost of a few beers at the end of their "shift" (meanwhile a particular single lot in downtown near the county courthouse has generated over $440,ooo in towing fees and charges over a three year period !)

cha-ching cha-ching !

just after SCREWing TOURISTs and predatory towing FT LIQUORDALE has a booming business in the homeless industry (just yesterday a landscaper pulled out of the bushes surrounding the WOMANS CLUB a brand new wheelchair i looked up that was worth $1470 online that was paid for yet very likely abandonded by a homeless person who was treated and released)

KennyPowersII topcommenter

Native Americans were given blankets purposely infected with smallpox. Hopefully Pensacola doesn't know that.

Jeremy Jensen
Jeremy Jensen

Some city's have cops pick up homeless and drop them off in other city's. Why would this surprise anyone

Alex Johnson
Alex Johnson

The Pensacola City Council better start praying that there is NOT a Christian God, because there is a circle of Hell with their name on it....

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