Business Owners and Church Leaders: Homeless Shelter Must Be Moved

By: Courtney Hayes
By: Courtney Hayes

BUSINESS OWNERS AND ³
³ CHURCH LEADERS IN PANAMA ³
³ CITY SAY A LOCAL HOMELESS ³
³ SHELTER IS DRAWING THE ³
WRONG CROWD AND NOW THEY ³
WANT THE SHELTER TO BE ³
RELOCATED. ³
³
³ THEIR COMPLAINTS COME A ³
MONTH AFTER A TRANSIENT IS ³
³ MURDER IN A WOODED AREA ³
³ WITHIN CITY LIMITS AND A ³
³ FIRE DESTROYS A LOCAL ³
³ BUSINESS... ³
³ AUTHORITIES SAY ³
³ TRANSIENTS WERE TO BLAME IN ³
³ BOTH INCIDENTS. ³
³ SOME RESIDENTS SAY THE ³
³ RESCUE MISSION HOMELESS SHELTER ON 6TH STREET HAS ³
³ DRAWN MORE AND MORE ³
³ HOMELESS PEOPLE TO THE ³
³ AREA, WHICH IS INCREASING ³
³ THE INCIDENTS OF CRIME. ³
³ROLL SOT------------------------------- (SOT) ³
³ "It's cumulative. It's ³
³ one thing after another. ³
And I think it's time to at ³
³least start talking about ³
³ the problem and see if ³
³ there's a reasonable ³
³ approach to it," Mayor Gerry Clemmons says. ³
³
³ MAYOR CLEMMONS SAYS THE ³
³ COMMISSION PLANS TO TALK ³
³ ABOUT THE PROBLEM AT ³
³ TUESDAY'S COMMISSION ³
³ MEETING.


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