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Fort Lauderdale Plans Crackdown On Homeless To Keep Them Away From Kids

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Carline Jean
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Sun Sentinel
Tiffany Minnield spends her days and nights sleeping on the sidewalk outside a vacant building in the 300 block of Andrews Avenue in Fort Lauderdale. Homeless mini camps have sprung up after a downtown homeless encampment was dismantled in November 2018.

The city that’s made a series of missteps over the years in attempting to corral the homeless has come up with a new way to protect its youngest residents from seeing things that their parents might not want them to see.

Homeless people would not be able to set up camp within 1,000 feet of a school or child care facility under a new law being considered by Fort Lauderdale.

The ordinance, which is up for a commission vote Tuesday, defines camping as dwelling temporarily on a sidewalk, alley or other public space while eating, sleeping or storing personal possessions.

The new law would not take effect until a final vote on March 17.

Read more at the Sun Sentinel.