It is illegal to deny people access to parks and streets just because they are unkempt or homeless, and there are no laws against sleeping during the day in public places. Too bad its too hot to keep the door closed on this van occupied by a near naked body. Subtlety isn't a priority of homeless citizens, they like to hang it all out and give our parks a special flavor. Like a refugee camp.At night it is illegal to park on the streets and sleep so the campers park at Publix, a private parking lot, or at Albertsons, both in New Town and spend the night there before returning to White Street at Higgs Beach for some sea-side fun at the AIDS Memorial by White Street Pier.The residentially challenged are here for the winter and they may not have houses but they have homes, all around the four mile long island:at Higgs Beach, at Rest Beach, at Bayview Park.
It beats me what the answer is, and my preferred suggestion is that residential citizens gather up their picnic stuff and head out en masse to take back their beaches and parks. I used to make a point of taking a seat at Rest Beach or Bayview Park and reading a book during my lunch break, but instead city leaders took away the tables hijacked by the hcs and thus leave the park unusable by anybody. So now I pay to hang out at Fort Zachary, a state park where the modest entrance fee keeps out the riff-raff.
Just another reality of daily life in Paradise, where having a home is an overrated commodity.