Homeless or Illegal Campers?
It took me a while to figure out why I kept seeing people being arrested for "Trespassing", when I'd read the arrest reports in the local papers. At first I assumed they were arresting anti- logging protesters.
I finally came to realize it was homeless types that were being arrested for being where they weren't supposed to be. I'll have to admit to wondering, where are these people supposed to go? You have to sleep somewhere.
This isn't a new problem up here, for those of you that haven't lived here long. We used to have a homeless encampment out on the south spit. I can't remember if it was before or after that that we also had one up at Clam Beach. Both of those were eventually broken up and their residents sent scattering to the four winds.
I was of mixed mind even back then. On one hand I thought maybe this was the only way to do it: Give the homeless a place they could camp out and let them concentrate there, rather than in town somewhere.
Problem with that was, they still ended up in town, if for no other reason than panhandling or making their regular trip to the welfare office. They'd also make a mess of their encampents, just as happens here in town. Eventually, someone has to spend a whole lot of effort cleaning up their mess.
That's one of the questions I have about the Balloon Tract: No matter what ends up being built there, unless it remains an empty lot, where are the people camping there going to end up?