St. Augustine Citizens Against Panhandling
We the citizens, visitors, and business owners of Saint Augustine find that our city government has not done enough to protect us from panhandlers, vagrants, and their negative consequences. We are watching our businesses suffer, our city be destroyed, and see no leadership or even communication about the issue. We are told to wait on new ordinances that won't even work because they will be sued again. Then we are in the same boat after spending hundreds of thousands of dollars. We don't need the new ordinances to start the process of cleaning up the city. The problems we are facing are separate from the issue of homelessness. We have many homeless among our ranks. City management has referred to this as a CRISIS, yet they aren't acting like it. We see drug deals happening in the open, people passed out in the street, people openly drunk and high, and feces and urine all over our properties. Everyone signing here has in some way been affected by the issue and believes that the city has not done enough to address it. Maybe by banding together you will finally listen to us and DO SOMETHING. We demand action, communication, and leadership. Why are there no police walking downtown every single day? Why has the city not reached out and spoken to the business owners about how they are suffering? Why is there no hotline set up to call? Where are the cameras to monitor the issues we see EVERY SINGLE DAY? We will no longer stay silent on this issue. We need to be heard and respected. Read through the comments and hear the stories of your constituents calling for your help. It's time to stand up and take charge.
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