Friday, January 13, 2006

Florida's own "meanest city"

Beautiful Sarasota, home to retirees and art students, won itself a place of distinction that I'm sure many there would just as soon not occupy. It was labeled America's meanest city by advocates for the homeless because Sarasota has outlawed the act of camping without a property owner's permission. Actually, they've done this three times now, with the first two tries ruled unconstitutional. The latest ordinance was upheld a few days ago by a county judge, inspiring comment in the Sarasota Herald-Tribune. Here are more of the facts, from the National Coalition for the Homeless.

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