Santa Cruz Officials Pass Curfew To Remove Homeless Tents On Main Beach Overnight

Santa Cruz Officials Pass Curfew To Remove Homeless Tents On Main Beach Overnight


A HOMELESS ENCAMPMENT ON THE BEACH NEAR THE FAMOUS SANTA CRUZ BOARDWALK IS GROWING IN SIZE. THE LAW SAID IT IS NOT ILLEGAL TO CAMP THERE. HOW CITY LEADERS FOUND ANOTHER WAY TO TELL THE HOMELESS TO FIND SOMEWHERE ELSE TO SLEEP. Reporter: LAST MONTH THERE WERE 5/10 ON MAIN BEACH ACCORDING TO CITY LEADERS TODAY THERE ARE 40. AND UNDER A LAW CAMPING ON PUBLIC PROPERLY IS NOT ILLEGAL SO POLICE CANNOT REMOVE THEM. NOW THE BEACH HAS A CURFEW. PASSED LAST NIGHT BY CITY LEADERS. BEACHFRONT PROPERTY GIVES HIM A VIEW OF THE OCEAN. HE IS IN THE MIDDLE OF ALL THE EXCITEMENT. AND HE DOES NOT PAY A DIME. I AM A BEACH GUY. Reporter: HE IS AMONG THE SEVERAL DOZEN AND LIVING IN TENTS ON MAIN BEACH. JUST YARDS FROM THE SANTA CRUZ WHARF AND BOARDWALK I THINK IT IS A SAFETY HEALTH ISSUE. Reporter: AS THE TENS HAVE MULTIPLIED CITY LEADERS ARE RESIDENT SAY SO HAS THE TRASH ON THE BEACH. FROM YOUR INTO FECES AS WELL AS ALCOHOL CONTAINERS AND DRUGS. THE KIDS GO ON THE BEACH. IT COULD BE A BAD SCENE. WE FOUND NEEDLES EVERYWHERE. Reporter: CITY LEADERS SAY MAIN BEACH HAS BECOME A PUBLIC HEALTH AND SAFETY HAZARD. WE HAVE HAD EMPLOYEES THREATEN. WE HAVE HAD HOMELESS SLEEP ON THE FRONT PORCH. WE HAVE HAD HOMELESS AND TO THE HOTEL AND TRY TO USE THE MICROWAVE IN THE BATHROOM. Reporter: LAST NIGHT A PASSIVE PUBLIC ACCESS POLICY THAT PROHIBITS PEOPLE FROM USING THE DRY SAND OF MAIN BEACH FROM MIDNIGHT UNTIL ONE HOUR BEFORE SUNRISE. UNLESS TO ACCESS THE WET SAND WHICH CAN BE USED 24/7 HE SLEEPS ON THE BEACH NOT JUST BECAUSE OF THE VIEW. ALSO BECAUSE IT IS SAFE. I HAVE BEEN ROBBED MANY TIMES. Reporter: THE POLICY WILL SUNSET A FEW MONTHS AFTER IT IS IMPLEMENTED SO CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS CAN DISCUSS WHETHER IT IS WORKING. A SPOKESPERSON SAID THEY WILL

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  1. Be careful Santa Cruz the Democrats passed a bill which basically states that if you don't have enough housing for the homeless then they legally can stay on any public property and it supersedes any state or city Municipal codes. If you are not careful a Savvy homeless person will sue you in federal court!

  2. When I used to go there in the 80's there was a beach curfew that I remember. The rangers used to come by and tell us to leave around 10:30.

  3. The whole Bay Area is literally full of sh!t and piss and homeless I don’t understand how people can pay thousands of dollars of there hard earned money to live there I didn’t no so meny people would love to pay thousands of dollars to live in Sh!t and houses that are run down surround with homeless addicts

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