Tent City Will Return

Homeless
ST. PETERSBURG -

After the original tent city was closed, homeless advocates set up several smaller camps, with the largest near 18th Street and Central Avenue.

Business owners in the area have complained about the tent city and, in a meeting with city officials last weekend, helped hammer out an agreement to move the homeless from the area.

Don Shea, president of St. Petersburg Downtown Partnership, says moving the camp back to the St. Vincent DePaul property on Fourth Avenue is the best temporary solution.

SHEA: We need to do something to get the homeless into a safer environment than can ever be accomplished in tents in the public right of way.

Under the agreement, the city would issue a temporary use permit waiving the prohibitions against living in tents for three months, while a committee formed by Mayor Rick Baker seeks a more permanent solution.

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