Bay County Attempts to Distinguish Vagrants from Homeless

Bay County Sheriff Frank McKeithen has new information on the homeless issue in Bay County Tuesday morning.

Last week, Bay County commissioners asked McKeithen to meet with local police chiefs to determine if there is a way to distinguish between homeless people and vagrants. They want that information before supporting a new homeless shelter. He discovered 380 people, who listed the rescue mission as their address, have been arrested this year alone.
33 sex offenders and or sexual predators currently live within a mile of the mission.

McKeithen’s report identifies the area west of the Hathaway Bridge from Woodlawn to Walmart, as well as Laguna Beach, and the Panama City Rescue Mission area as the main homeless havens.
The sheriff is still collecting data.


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  • by April Williams on Sep 21, 2011 at 08:13 AM
    The most common reason why people have to use the mission address is because they have already been arressted and relased and need an address fro probation. Bay County also did not mention that when they do get out of jail and have no where to go Bay County drope them off at the mission. Moving the mission is not going to sove anything. Come up with a plan to help.
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