A couple months ago, Fort Lauderdale Mayor Jack Seiler was on the radio one fine Saturday, after spending the morning on his hands and knees along with local volunteers planting gardens of tropical foliage in Stranahan Park.
With Seiler's record of trying to get the homeless to disband from the park, saying they have an adverse effect on local business, one could have surmised that the plants were to hide or replace the people who typically hung out on the grass. Volunteers with Food Not Bombs certainly took it that way, displaying placards saying "People need services, not signs, flowers, and harassment" at an event there last week
Now, workers have torn the grass out of a large section of the rest of the park, readying it to become a "botanic garden" instead of a grassy lawn. And the company that owns the building across the street says it donated money for the effort, because it's tired of looking at homeless people.More »