Stop Sarasota From Pulling The Chair Out From Under Homeless People
  • Petitioned Shannon Snyder

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Shannon Snyder
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Terry Turner
Mayor
Suzanne Atwell
Commissioner
Paul Caragiulo
Commissioner
Willie Shaw

Stop Sarasota From Pulling The Chair Out From Under Homeless People

    1. Ward Pallotta
    2. Petition by

      Ward Pallotta

      Sarasota, FL

In 2006, USA Today identified Sarasota, FL as the meanest city in America for how it deals with people who are homeless. Sarasota officials may have again earned top honors with a decision in May 2011.

Since 2006 homelessness has doubled in Sarasota, thanks to the economy, the real estate bust and more accurate counting. The problem is not going away as the housing foreclosure pipeline is still bursting at the seam. People without permanent housing, as well as other residents, are now denied a bench to sit on in Sarasota's newest public park.

The newly revamped Selby Five Points Park downtown had become a congregating place for people who rely on shelters for sleeping but have no place to call home during the day. Their presence made some people uncomfortable. At the insistence of some residents, the city removed all of the park benches in April and May, saying they will consider reinstalling them three months after a proposed smoking ban is enacted.

Earlier this year The Economist magazine wrote about homeless in Sarasota. One of the wealthiest cities in Florida, Sarasota continues to pull chairs out from under men and women who are homeless. A growing number of concerned citizens are making themselves heard. Please add your voice, whether you live in Sarasota, visit/vacation in Florida, or just want to ask how such a warm place can breed cold hearts.

The above photo taken May 22, 2011 depicts that the arts are very visible and celebrated in Sarasota, that people without a home of their own are right in front of us living in the shadows, and the symbol of the America that we want restored is almost lost in the background.

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    • Shawna Machado SARASOTA, FL
      • over 3 years ago

      Discrimination is a crime in most circumstances, why not hear? Is it because no one has given them a voice?

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    • Shirley Garcia SARASOTA, FL
      • over 3 years ago

      I have wondered if the next thing the city is planniing is to pull the benches from our bayfront park also. Of course that might not set well with the ones who complained in the first place.

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    • Ora Jean Henry SARASOTA, FL
      • over 3 years ago

      Don't lump all homeless in the same category. There are those who are not addicts, nor irresponsible, but hit by the economy & in transition. The don't want to be homeless and really are trying to find jobs and get off the streets.

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    • Terrill Carlson SARASOTA, FL
      • over 3 years ago

      This entire situation of removing the benches from the PUBLIC PARK at Five Points is ludicris! What person on the City Commission has the right to decide who may sit on 'OUR' benches? I totally agree with Eric Ernst's column today(5/31/2011). With all the money in Sarasota County, why isn't there a Homeless Shelter for these unfortunate individuals? Plus, I am sure they would LOVE to be employed....look around this beautiful city, if the men even trimmed all the (ugly) palm prawns, that would be wonderful! There are many ways to keep our city beautiful - it just takes a little effort. Put the Benches back!

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    • Jacquelouise Carlson SARASOTA, FL
      • over 3 years ago

      This entire situation of removing the benches from the PUBLIC PARK at Five Points is ludicris! What person on the City Commission has the right to decide who may sit on 'OUR' benches? I totally agree with Eric Ernst's column today(5/31/2011). With all the money in Sarasota County, why isn't there a Homeless Shelter for these unfortunate individuals? Plus, I am sure they would LOVE to be employed....look around this beautiful city, if the men even trimmed all the (ugly) palm prawns, that would be wonderful! There are many ways to keep our city beautiful - it just takes a little effort. Put the Benches back!

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