Mayor: 'Hope Center Won't be Like Panama City Rescue Mission'

By: Kavontae Smalls Email
By: Kavontae Smalls Email

Some people in Port St. Joe are worried about the Hope Center and whether it will become a homeless shelter similar to the one in downtown Panama City.

Those running the center say it is a place where the homeless can get information about services available for them, but residents are afraid it will be turned into a dormitory style facility, and bring vagrants and criminal activity into Port St. Joe’s business district.
City commissioners are considering drafting an ordinance to prevent the hope center from functioning like Panama City’s Rescue Mission which means no overnight stays by its guest.

“It would overwhelm us, it's tough enough for Panama City downtown to deal with, it will overwhelm little Port St. Joe" said Mel Magidson, Port St. Joe Mayor.

Magidson says the city commission wants people to know they plan to regulate the Hope Center, and will ensure it will not become a dormitory style facility.


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  • by Pinky Location: Panama City on Feb 19, 2012 at 01:59 PM
    Brudnicki couldn't move the homeless problem to Bayou George so it's going to Port St. Joe.This is going to be a disaster.He and his cronie's will be laughing all the way to the bank while Port St.Joe suffer's.
  • by Carl Location: Panama City on Feb 19, 2012 at 02:57 AM
    It's easy for Margaret to be so caring and compassionate since she lives FIFTY MILES from where the new facility will be. Let's put it next to her house and listen to her spout Jesus.
  • by Barbara Location: Panama city beach on Feb 18, 2012 at 05:25 AM
    Our government has very generous programs for those who are in need through "no fault" of their own. Vargarents are people who choose not to work, are criminals on the run, sexual predators, or psychiatric patients refusing to take their meds or hard core drug addicts refusing treatments. Send them to the unemployment office or a bus ticket back home. There are jobs available on a national level and you must go where the jobs are, if you really want to work.
  • by margaret Location: panama city beach on Feb 18, 2012 at 04:33 AM
    I pray that the mayor ceases his war against the homeless & the rescue mission. God made all of us in his image, Jesus was poor & homeless. Compassion is to be given to those who are unable to move upward socially,whether it be due to physical or mental or even morality by standards set by those in power.
  • by RodHog Location: Port St. Joe on Feb 17, 2012 at 07:01 PM
    In ancient Greece, a "town drunk" was paid to hang around various academies and inspire revulsion from passers-by. If anyone would like a preview of what Port St. Joe will be like after the homeless are imported from Panama City, let him drive slowly by the shelter on Old Business 98, and observe the clients meandering about, talking on their taxpayer provided cell phones and smoking cigarettes. Citizens of Port St. Joe, kiss your modicum of tourism goodbye! But, be heartened, Bay County will be able to build its long awaited downtown convention center without a blight to its county seat! Politicians and social engineering, how oxymoronic!
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