Retort to Sun Sentinel Editors: County summit needed on homelessness

Let the courts give this supercharged issue a needed time-out. Let a judge determine whether Fort Lauderdale’s new ordinance passes constitutional muster or needs a tweak? Chef Arnold is 3-0 v the City of Fort Lauderdale. Do you think that all the sudden, the City is going to win this time around? ABBOTT v. CITY OF FORT LAUDERDALE

particularly those who are chronically homeless and don’t want to change their lifestyles. Don’t want to change their lifestyles? The Mayor also says the homeless don’t want help. It’s nice to see that you both like putting words/ideas in other people’s mouths for them. How kind of you.

“For too many days now, protesters with picket signs and bullhorns have commandeered the spotlight and used it to hammer Broward’s center city on the world stage.” The only bullhorn I’ve seen at one of these events was in the hand of a FLPD Capt was using it to yell at the crowd before he cited Chef Arnold for the third time.

“Sure, Fort Lauderdale officials could have done a better job of engaging stakeholders on the new ordinance.” Jack Seiler and friends didn’t listen when all the people that came to speak up at City Hall spoke AGAINST these draconian laws. Mayor Seiler and company Bravely voted on the feeding ordiance at 3AM in the dead of night, when almost everyone is asleep. How about some better transparency? How about doing this FIRST on the agenda instead of dead last. I’m sure that a hell of a lot more people would be speaking out. Fort Lauderdale, Hollywood and Broward officials should try volunteering at food sharing organizations before any such County Summit such as: The Co-Operative Feeding Program, Hope South Florida. and outdoor food sharing groups: Food Not Bombs, The PBJ Project, Project Downtown Ft. LauderdaleHis Caring Hands and Lovebags. Mayor Seiler & The Sunsentinel need to stop being so callouse and tone deaf.

If defecation is such a huge problem, why isn’t the city (and county) planning for more public facities? Between railroad tracks and Andrews ave, there are three toilets and three urinals*. Stranahan Park, Fort Lauderdale’s oldest park, has no public restroom. Give the amount of people that go through the BCT Central Terminal every hour that number seems a bit low. Count the bathrooms at the Movie theater next time you go out. I’ll bet they’ve got 10-15 toilets or more, BCT has two.

Ohh and the poor Fort Lauderdale Woman’s Club they can’t use Stranahan Park as their personal backyard! Oh the Humanity! NIMBY! Stranahan Park is a public park for EVERYONE not just the Fort Lauderdale Woman’s Club. The Fort Lauderdale Woman’s Club needs to stop being so callouse and tone deaf.

The City of Fort Lauderdale needs to mend some fences: “I only contract with people I trust,” Finkelstein said. “I don’t trust the city of Fort Lauderdale when it comes to homeless.”

It is not about permits for feeding the homeless. It is about tourism. It is about money. They do not want the homeless to be seen. These laws are meant to get the homeless to go elsewhere. I’d also like to see the Sunsentinel do more real journalism and less PR for the city.

*Only counting men’s restrooms (2 in the BCT Central Terminal & 1 in McDonald’s).

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  1. #1 by Cynthia Kelly-Yildirim on November 17, 2014 - 3:01 pm

    Reblogged this on Cynthia Kelly's News Weblog and commented:
    Ft. Lauderdale, Florida Treating Their Homeless Horribly

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