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Family Found Out “Lounging” In The Park Is A Crime Too.

Relaxing in the Park

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Robert Gehl By
March 6, 2014

If you ever travel to Fort Walton Beach, Florida, don’t spend the afternoon lounging in the park.

That’s what a family found out after they were accosted by police for lying down in Fort Walton Landing park. City code prohibits people from sleeping or “protractedly lounging” on seats, benches or other areas of city parks.

According to the NWFDailyNews, Michelle McCormick, her husband and two small children were at the park over the weekend. Her husband was wrestling with the two children when a police officer approached.

“She walked up to us and said, ‘Sir, I’m going to have to tell you to get up. There’s an ordinance against lying down in the park,’ ” McCormick told the site.

“My husband was just incredulous.”

Police Sgt. Bill Royal said the officer was responding to a complaint from a park visitor.

“We received a phone call, and it was a homeless person,” he said. “He was complaining about individuals lying on blankets near the gazebo.”

McCormick said her husband was incensed and they got up and left.

So what’s the reason you can’t lie down in a park? Safety.

Police Sgt. Bill Royal said “You may trip someone.” Yes, he seriously said that.

The city manager, Michael Beedie said the ordinance was designed to keep homeless peope from sleeping in the park, but police officials said all citizens must be treated equally.

Even the police state can be ironic. A homeless person in a park calls in to complain about a law designed to keep homeless people from sleeping in a park.

Remember, once we’re all criminals, we’ll all finally be equals.

  • nordic templar

    damn those obamaphones .

    • iseewhatyousee

      lmaooooooo

  • James Birchfield

    Wow……I think that I would inform the Mayor that I was leaving Ft. Walton Beach and taking my credit cards with me to a more sensible town.

    • sypia

      But that would hurt Mike’s feelings.

    • Mark

      Good luck in your search.

  • Asperger

    What else would you expect from an OsamaCop!

    • DB1954

      You don’t know that the cop was an OsamaCop, whatever you mean by that.

  • Danny Ray

    I have to tell you I am stationed here at Eglin Air Force Base not far from Fort Walton, The city has a huge homeless problem at times there could be maybe as many as 100 homeless people sleeping in the park, The ordinance was passed to put a stop to that. However in retaliation anytime a homeless person sees anybody in the park they turn them in out of meanness. Homeless people are mostly just worthless bastards

    • jack_sprat2

      Brazil had a solution for that.

    • sypia

      Yes, let them sleep in the grave. And where do they get off with their meanness? They should roll up and die like you and I would in their shoes (not that we’d be caught dead there, si, amigo?)

    • Eric Bonk

      Bet They Used An OBAMAPHONE to Make The Cal Too.

      • Midlandr

        You took the words from my fingers…

      • Trey Reeves

        The Lifeline program originated in 1984, during the administration of Ronald Reagan; it was expanded in 1996, during the administration of Bill Clinton; and its first cellular provider service (SafeLink Wireless) was launched by TracFone in 2008, during the administration of George W. Bush. FUnds do not come from taxpayer dollars but from telecommunication providers.

        • Geoff Jacobs

          Nobody gives a crap, Reeves. Obama promised his constituents of color an Obamaphone, but failed to follow through. Got it??

        • kafir4life

          Telecomm providers pass the tax onto subscribers. The companies DO NOT pay for it. Look at your phone bill. See USF? That’s the Obamaphone. And yes, it wasn’t started by our President Stinky (BO) Benghazi. But it WAS sold to those on the public dole as a reason to vote for some Stink. They were informed that it WAS Stinky who gave it to them, and that Romney would take it away.

          • Trey Reeves

            “President Stinky Bengazi”

            Are you in the 3rd or 4th grade? It’s hard to tell with that level of maturity. Why don’t you call him Mr. Poopy Face? That would add an extra level of gravitas that might make people take what you say seriously.

          • nordic templar

            not a bad idea , but if we did call him poopy-face they would say it was a racist comment .

          • TypicalMoron

            Yeah, Obama murdered Vincent Foster because SOSHALUSM and then because of Benghazi the IRS had to run guns to Mexico because Obama is really from Kenya and anti-colonialists planted the birth announcement in a newspaper after using a DAARPA time machine!

            FREEDUMB!!!!!111

          • nordic templar

            smoke another one .

          • nordic templar

            your name says it all .

          • Mark

            Check your facts Moron, Hillary Cankles is the suspect in that murder.

          • TypicalMoron

            Fact?.

            I’m a conservative, those are irrelevant.

    • Angie

      100 people? I think you’re exaggerating. I lived there a VERY long time and I never saw that many homeless people period, much less all together at one park.

      • “Hot Air Shuga”

        I just moved from there and he is correct. The bum population is very high at the landing Park as well as Liza Jackson Park are full of homeless at any given time. It makes it hard to take a family to the park.

        At least the bums stay off the beach.

      • Geoff Jacobs

        Hell, Angie, ONE is too many when it’s a Public Park where decent people go with their families and children. Nobody wants to see that kind of Hobo crap sitting around??!!

    • “Hot Air Shuga”

      I also lived in the area a few years back and can back up your statement. The bum posse is the reason for the ordinance.

      • Geoff Jacobs

        Sounds like you need an Anti-Bum Posse to run those butt holes out of your park. I think you know what it takes…

    • Geoff Jacobs

      Well then, the police, knowing that full well, could show a little professional courtesy and answer the complaint, but, state to the dispatcher that they just don’t see anybody lying down in the park, it must be a prank call! …and leave.

  • CommonSense

    how is this political? it’s a city ordinance. who cares

    • DoNotTread73

      The people who pay for the park care. Those that want to do what this father was doing care. Regular normal people care.

      • CommonSense

        i’m asking why this is obama’s fault. as the people here claim

        • DoNotTread73
        • Danny Ray

          We blame obama the same way you bed wetter libs blame racism we hate obama you hate racism, difference is there is not as much racism as you think, obama is more of a traitorous bastard than we know

          • CommonSense

            i don’t think a mindset based on ignorance and fear is the same as the president of the united states…do you like racism then? what are you saying?

          • Danny Ray

            Actually, I much prefer the company of people like myself over the company of people who are not like myself technically that is racism, I know African-Americans who feel exactly the same way I don’t personally see anything wrong with that,

          • sypia

            Yeah, definitely that’s what we call racism. It’s like green eggs and ham. You like it so much you don’t have to prove it to yourself. Racism in a nutshell.

          • Danny Ray

            Actually I honestly prefer the company of people like myself rather than the company of people who are not like me technically that is racist you can’t scare me with the racist word I know you think it’s a magic charm and you raise it towards all conservatives and watch them run away I am through running away from you liberals I also despise liberals and homeless people for that matter

          • guest

            Do you not like the company of punctuation, too?

          • Danny Ray

            Nice refutation guest, especially from someone who does not have the balls to put their real name on their comment

          • DoNotTread73

            punctuation? wow you won the debate all facts and opinions be damned, the guy forgot punctuation….

          • DB1954

            Yeah, wow. guest must be an English professor. I’m so impressed with his ability to spot typos.

          • guest

            Not an english professor. Wan’t looking to impress. Just amazed at that run-on sentence/paragraph.

          • shay3780

            aren’t you nice. I bet you go to church on Sunday too.

          • Danny Ray

            Nope, I am pagan we have no churches

          • DB1954

            I don’t. But why do you assume Danny Ray does? and what difference does that make to this discussion?

          • jack_sprat2

            I like people whose presence doesn’t compel THEM to install steel doors, deadbolts, security bars, and vicious dogs. Or, at a minimum, doesn’t make me feel naked and defenseless on the streets, even when I’m armed.

          • DB1954

            Barack Obama is a racist. So is his wife. That’s why he’s appointing, or trying to appoint like-minded people to positions of power. He’s trying to racialize the laws of this country, and that is because he believes that virtually all white Americans are racists, that this country was founded by racists, and that this country was run by white racist men until he was elected in 2008. In short, he’s getting even with whites. We see him this way based uopon well over 5 years of information which his George Soros controlled media machine has buried and covered up since 2008.

          • sypia

            Methinks the lady doth protest too much.

          • shay3780

            how do you know that he is more of a traitorous bastard?

          • Danny Ray

            Have you not paid any attention to what has happened to our country in the past five years?

          • DB1954

            Because the more we learn about Zero, the more it appears he’s corrupt; he’s a liar, and he doesn’t have the best interests of the American people at heart. In short, he lied about who he was and what he really believes in order to get elected. We know he was a bastard for several reasons. One is because his real father was Frank Marshall Davis. You can read all about him in about a dozen books published lately. Google him. Nevertheless, I do agree that this incident in FL had nothing to do with Barack Obama, the communist who happens to be President of the United States.

          • sypia

            Everybody knows bedwetting is like farting. But you don’t have to feel ashamed. You’re not alone.

          • DoNotTread73

            textbook trolling now not even on the subject and patently pointless

          • sypia

            Actually, the apt comparison is that you blame whatshisname the way liberals blamed whathisname before him. But it’s useful to have it out there that you identify as racist. Cool.

        • iseewhatyousee

          because idiot he is the boss! he is in charge of all the police in the country ultimately!…they are officers! look up the word officer in the dictionary! why do we call them officers? coincidentally we also call people who work in corporations officers of the corporation! they are indeed officers of a corporation and the buck stops at obama’s desk “period” lol pun intended!!!

          • CommonSense

            so every stupid idiotic law that’s on the books is his fault? come on man. if you disagree with his policies fine but don’t make up reasons to hate him

          • iseewhatyousee

            well he is the leader!….don’t get it twisted dude we are all under the same control you my friend have a certain value to the corporation look up your social security number it is actually your stock number sort of like a scew# in a grocery store! you are goods sold and leveraged to get loans from the banking cartel against your value!….lol….it is confusing on purpose!…he is the boss at the top so why wouldn’t we blame him? if not the boss then who do we blame?

          • CommonSense

            I feel like that is a little bit of a stretch…but i will ask again, how is a stupid local law that the President did not sign into law and probably doesn’t even know exists his fault? Is it also Jeb’s fault? he’s the state’s highest executive…come on I’m trying to follow your logic

          • sypia

            If the President is a good President and is doing their job to your liking, are they still responsible for every situation of this kind? I like your thinking. Now we can blame everything related to law enforcement anywhere on the sitting President. Super easy, so equally sensible.

      • shay3780

        then why did you respond neocon?

        • Danny Ray

          You say neocon like it is bad, you haters are all alike

          • sypia

            Whereas lovers are each and every one unique. Like unicorns!

        • DoNotTread73

          do you even know the meaning of the word or was it on your whiny ass liberal trolling right sites calendar word of the day today. Clueless troll.

          • sypia

            Do you know what a liberal is? I’ll give you a hint: look in the mirror, switch left and right. Correct, it’s somebody just like you! Now, how about a troll, do you know what that is? Hint: I’ll hold it against you if you know!

          • DoNotTread73

            ? Reading your comment the laughable and inaccurate ‘insult’ you so wanted to come across as a burn come across and nonsense even those on the other side of the aisle would laugh at for missing the point. Take some more English as a second language classes get back to us when coherency becomes more of a literate virtue for you.

          • sypia

            Well put.

          • iseewhatyousee

            lol….reading this thread i have discovered what a troll is!….. it hit me all at once! lol…..it is you! that’s right you are a troll!

          • sypia

            I think you are probably correct. It’s not a term I use, and I have only a vague sense of its meaning. But I do read these forums and my contributions are intended to challenge and sometimes mock the views of my peers.

          • Faeyth

            Best response ever.

      • sypia

        Thirty unnecessary words of hassle. Noted.

  • Floyd Brown

    What a bunch of SHIT!! Ass hole cops with nothing better to do than to fuck with folks enjoying themselves in the park.. What is this country coming to??

    • shay3780

      this was one incident. It was shitty but move on.

      • Nunaya Dambizness

        NO, DUMBA$$! You don’t “move on.” If we don’t take a stand against the creeping police state, it will only get bigger, more far-reaching, and more malevolent! I can hear idiots like you now: “It’s only a boxcar ride. They’re relocating you to a better place. Now quiet down and move along.”

        • DB1954

          I might agree that we find ourselves living in a type of creeping police state, but I doubt that the origins of our present situation are to be found in Ft Walton Beach, FL. The boogeymen you’re looking for can be found several hundred miles to the northeast in a city called Washington, D.C., and before that they had infested Chicago Illinois for many decades. They’ve been in Washington DC since late 2008. In this case, your reaction is over the top hysteria. If you want to get hysterical about something, consider the fact that Lois Lerner is covering up the greatest crimes ever committed by any government in U.S. history. If we don’t all pay attention, they may just get away with it.

          • sypia

            Actually, isn’t it a matter of the ballot? Or don’t you believe in our way of life?

          • iseewhatyousee

            good comment sir!

        • sypia

          What a funny place to play that card. You are my hero of the day. I wish I had a headshot of you to frame for my wall. You are truly fantastic.

    • iseewhatyousee

      to excersize control! they are by nature and hand picked as control freaks! it is part of the “psychological exam” given by the higher ups in the police departments! if you are a normal logical person than you fail said exam and are promptly dismissed!.

      • DB1954

        This is nonsense. For one thing, controlling people, at least to the extent of controlling them lawfully, is what the police are lawfully authorized to do, what they are paid to do, and the whole reason we have police officers in the first place. In short, controlling people is what police DO, so why the hysterical reaction when they do it? Have a jelly donut and chill out.

      • sypia

        Now write it five times on the board – well, three more.

    • Dan Wosnitzky

      you have to … understand…. officers have to respond to complaints…they are not allowed the choice of discrimination… the officer has to treat the complaint as posted by law… the homeless person was probably told to leave so out of spite… the homeless person as the right to expect the same response. to his/her complaint….officer knows it is nonsense to ask the family to leave .. but the officer has no choice… until the ordinance is reworded….. (retired police officer) so please stop with shit asshole cop assessment… you put on the badge /gun and take on the responsibilities that go with it and make decisions for other folks lives.

    • sypia

      Next thing you know, people will be cursing in public.

  • John Donaldson

    I’ll bet the homeless person used their cell phone to make the call. “You might trip someone!” Give me a break. Based on that they should remove all the trees from the park because someone might bump into one.

    • sypia

      Or go completely insane and let the homeless people get some sleep. I agree in that it would be as unreasonable to rip out the trees as to provide beds for people without homes.

      • Ingrid Prestegaard Royster

        Very few want bed…or at least not any they have to work for. Work in an ER for a while (one with homeless) Offer them assistance with getting a job, shelter and moving up. Have real contacts with shelters willing to help them. There are a few (very few…usually with children) that want to put effort into anything. Most will tell you to your face they don’t want the help. They prefer to live out in the open. No bills no commitment. That’s fine. But stop acting like the rest of us are heartless because we don’t help them. The ordinance needs to be rewritten but the cop acted on the current law.

        • sypia

          You make a good point, and I agree with your analysis. But I wasn’t saying everyone’s heartless. I was responding directly to a heartless statement. Wasn’t pointed at everyone. Wasn’t pointed at you.

    • Joan

      Remove the benches….problem solved!

    • Joseph C. Krywalski

      And remove the grass and shrubbery as someone may have allergies.

  • shay3780

    why do repugs keep cutting programs to help veterans? THAT is the shit that gets to me.

    • DoNotTread73

      cite

    • DB1954

      Why do you lie? Don’t answer. We already know: you’re a lib.

  • jeff cole

    I’ll have to let my dog take a shit when I go thru town! Maybe they can sell horizontal permits for the taxpayers to enjoy the park??????

  • Pamela K. Cahoon Laub

    Any cop who can’t tell the difference between a family on a blanket while playing with their children in the sun and indigent people sleeping in the park is mentally impaired. Anyone who would trip over them would be high or blind. The anal officials should post large signs “NO ONE MAY BE ON THE GRASS – STAY ON SIDEWALKS”.

    • iseewhatyousee

      they are by nature and hand picked as control freaks! it is part of the “psychological exam” given by the higher ups in the police departments! if you are a normal logical person than you fail said exam and are promptly dismissed!.

      • DB1954

        That’s nonsense. Who are you, Obama? Are you going to tell us that the police acted stupidly?

        • iseewhatyousee

          lol….no i am not obama “thank god” and yes in this case the police acted quite stupidly!

      • sypia

        That’s not entirely true. The are millions of reasonable folk capable of nailing these jobs, but they know it won’t reward them. These jobs reward the control freak. No need for a conspiracy angle. It keeps people from recognizing your intelligence.

    • DB1954

      Yes Pamela, but the cops were only going by what the ordinance states, and it doesn’t distinguish between bums and families. It just doesn’t. It’s a shame that some hobo called in the complaint, but the law doesn’t allow the police to make those distinctions. Maybe they could redraft the ordinance so that the police wouldn’t be compelled to enforce the law against people that are obviously law-abiding. For example, they could re-write it so that it would be unlawful to lie down in the park between the hours of 5:30 PM and 6:30 AM.

      • Lee Warran

        DB1954 But that would make too much sense.

      • Rob

        first thing…homeless don’t just sleep between 530pm and 630am. Second, Just like an officer has the ability to site or not site a licensed driver during a traffic stop, they have the ability to site or not site the individual at the park. It is not true that everyone has to be treated equally within the scope of the law. The idea that the ordinance was created to remove the homeless community so it could be enjoyed by the citizens and their families should be carried out as such. The lack of common sense with this officer and department shows a need for a change in leadership.

      • jamjon

        First off, the gentleman was involved in an aggressive activity and was not sleeping nor “protractedly lounging”. This is just police officers expressing their aggravation over an ordinance that is taking them away from more serious duties or from the donut shop. Simple harassment. designed to make the citizenry feel the pain.

      • jjam58

        That’s what the Nazi’s said, I’m just following orders.

      • Simba8

        There is one thing you haven’t thought of homeless also use where they live as a toilet. So before the park could even open every day someone would have to come out and clean up human feces and toilet paper. I know a homeless person and I know for a fact they use outdoors as their toilet. That would cost them more to let the homeless stay in the park after hours then just to simply have the no sit no lie down rule. They can’t have someone that goes around going oh, your not a homeless family you can sit because then a homeless person would sue the city and with the help of a liberal judge they would win and probably cost the city millions. From reading the article and the post here it appears they are doing all they can.

    • sypia

      I agree. The law isn’t meant to be taken at its word. It goes without saying, don’t you agree, that it’s meant to be interpreted carefully, so as to ensure that you and I don’t have to be inconvenienced by the ugliness of the vagrant classes?

      • DoNotTread73

        lefty bait

        • sypia

          Just at that one bar.

  • joan

    Guess you have to get rid of the parks, maybe make it a garbage dump! Don’t people have ANY common sense. If the residents can’t enjoy a public park as it was meant to be used, why have it…put a fence around it with locks, and continue to grow a police state!

    • sypia

      Like your straw man.

      • DoNotTread73

        says the scarecrow who used them in earlier comments.

        • sypia

          I still like yours.

  • joan

    Shay, if you except this, the next time will be worse..maybe an arrest…people have to stand up for what’s right, everytime you lay down and roll over you lose another right

    • sypia

      And every time I fart, a star is born. Not joking.

    • hiernonymous

      “…everytime you lay down and roll over you lose another right”

      I think that was the homeless guy’s point.

  • joan

    II guess Obama gets blamed,, because of the laws and ideology he represents…he likes a police state and big government, supports these ideals, and doesn’t punish wrong doers. In a normal world, a park is a place for families to go to spend day playing with their kids, have a picnic, fly a kite, play with the dog, lay in the sun on a picnic blanket and just enjoy the afternoon…that’s what parks are supposed to be! If someone trips over me, then they are not paying attention or shouldn’t be there..they may trip over a twig or stone, or park bench, maybe a trash can, a swing in motion, a water fountain, a bush or yes maybe even a tree, a curb, etc. This is the real world, be realistic.

    • sypia

      Definitely Obama. I mean, not personally his doing, but you are being rational to blame him, for sure.

      • hiernonymous

        Why do you hate America? We didn’t have problems with vagrants in this country until we elected that Chicago-something Alinskyite community organizing Muslim Hobo-loving Kenyan. Back in my day, hobos knew their place, and it sure as heck wasn’t cluttering up our parks. But the hobos knew that the Demonkkkrat 0′bama was going to gut our mlitary and fill it with man-loving men and he was going to bow to the King of Saudi Arabia and, well, if he can’t stand up to Iran or Russia, you just knew the Hobos were going to make their move. It’s not like we didn’t see this coming. All that time he was supposedly at Columbia University, even though nobody remembers seeing him there? That’s right – recruiting Hobos. Training them in grass-crushing, bench-defiling, Alinskyite ways of ruining our parks for God-fearing families. Why do you think he gave out all those cell phones? That’s right – more Alinskyite alynskying.

        Are you with the Hobos, or are you with us God-fearing Americans? Are you going to let that Muslim Kenyan community organizer let his alynskyite army of cell-phone-wielding Hobos complete their conquest of the commons?

        • 2jackets

          Yikes! Hiernonymous – looks like it might be catching (:o

        • sypia

          I know people just like you on the left. I don’t discuss politics with them.

          • hiernonymous

            Sorry – it can be hard to detect parody when the original material is so over-the-top. The David Niven Casino Royale suffered from that very problem.

          • sypia

            I can tell you’re a smart person and a careful thinker. Your above ‘Why do you hate…’ post is either a work of satire, or it’s an example of something I see all the time from folks on both sides of the aisle, a form of willful ignorance that is at the same time completely impenetrable and a put-on. We are all capable of moderate thought.

          • hiernonymous

            As David Niven & Co discovered, when they made the first Casino Royale, material that is already over-the-top is difficult to parody. But it’s fun to try.

          • Ingrid Prestegaard Royster

            Thank you!

        • Hobo713

          Hey, I’m a hobo and i’ve been hobo-ing since the beloved Reagan was in office and gave me my first Lifeline Obamaphone (BTW, my worthless hobo friends called them Ronnyphones back then) so please don’t blame President Obama for my lovely park-view sleeping arrangements.

      • Lee Warran

        Are you talking about the Psychobama in DC? Or should it be wackobama or Homobama or Retardobama? or maybe just plain ol’ Dipshidiot? Take your pick.

  • johnanaguski

    Morons.

  • yaki534

    Progress from progressives.

  • Joe Btfsplk

    Alles verboten

  • Jeremy White

    This is why Obamaphones are necessary. How else would the homeless man be able to do his civic duty and report this heinous crime?

  • patriot

    This is the most ridiculous thing I have read all week….good lord

  • Msdemeanor

    Did the homeless person call on his Obama phone?

  • Angie

    I lived in Niceville for 16 years and spent a lot of time at this specific park, and many others around the area. Personally, I don’t think that FWB, or the law, is the problem. Police officers have the ability, within the law, to make a judgment call and decide whether to cite someone or not. Obviously this family was relaxing with their children at the park, not taking advantage of a free place to sleep. The officer was petty and a little bit ridiculous. Sometimes they just take things too far. Also, Danny Ray, homelessness is a problem in that general area and on miracle strip, but it is nothing compared to larger cities. I moved from there to Austin a few years ago and the homelessness here is amazing..in a bad way. It’s heartbreaking.

  • mike walsh

    Heres the difference – Those people pay taxes for the park, the homeless don’t. Why would they be equal?

  • Samuel Canon Wright

    clap along if you feel like a room without a roof.

  • Jd Logsdon

    OK people, get to the root of the problem. There are homeless people because Obama hasn’t done squat to create jobs for them. He is driving the economy to ruin and turning the USA into a third world nation. He is bringing millions of his muslim buddies here to help him accomplish this !

    • guest

      Bringing millions of his muslim buddies? You are joking, aren’t you?

  • bob e. wills

    Civil servants, alias police, have become THE PROBLEM to the very people who pay property taxes that pay their wages. In actuality they are NOT the guardian of people but the oppressors of taxpayers WHO pay their wages. Taxpayers should be the ones who are in control of the police. It’s just a shame we allow these “sit on your a** ” do nothings to control us. They should be just low profile community servants not getting in citizens way but it is we that allow them to make up the laws of a community and enforce them, to their own discretion.

  • smf2213

    Then stop paying property taxes. Who elects these idiots making laws

  • Vennie

    The homeless do not pay the property taxes that pay for these parks. The family with children most likely do. The ordinance needs to be rewritten to clearly distinguish between the two – homeless vs families.

  • Conrad Vincent III

    I guess I’ll never, ever go there!!!

  • all4u

    Come to Gainesville Florida, the homeless run the city. I don’t even go to the farmers market on Wednesdays because of the people camping out in the plaza, hanging laundry, etc.

  • hawkeye1852

    What are the parks for if not to enjoy and have fun at . This city is ridiculous.

  • disqus_1qYIYbassF

    So, to recap, citizens taxes (working citizens), pay for the park. These same taxes pay for police protection. Citizens paying for all this can’t enjoy the park, correct? We have arrived people. Arrived to the state of the country that is bass-ackwards! But, keep on voting for the progressives, remember, equality, equality, equality.

  • hawkeye1852

    It shows what kind of cops you have there if they can’t distinguish between a bum and a family have down time from WORKING .

  • ricardo_maxwell

    Take back America NOW!

  • Jtaras

    A homeless BUM calls the Police to complain about productive citizens and their kids enjoying the park. The park was made just for them. And, the BUM calls the Police on an OBAMA phone! We are doomed, as a country. Bring on the bugler playing Taps.

  • Steve Randolph

    Perhaps our illustrious govt should use the money that they give to other countries and to support the illegal aliens to take care of the homeless and provide viable shelters for them. In any event, this ordinance in Ft Walton is just plain dumb and alienates the taxpaying citizens more than “controlling” the homeless.

  • Jtaras

    Fort Walton, as many cities in the south because of the idyllic climate, has a HUGE homeless BUM problem. In Sarasota, FL> we also have a huge homeless BUM problem. The Liberals are trying, and succeeding, to build them a homeless resort!!!! WHERE? A few blocks from the beach! Not even inland. See, homeless say they have rights, and they too want to live near the best parts of the State/Country. Sarasota and many other areas no longer enforce Vagrancy laws or Loitering laws. The ACLU and the SPLC sued to stop them from being enforced. So, BUMS urinate on storekeepers front doors and windows for spite. The City removed ALL the park benches in the park and around the Library, keeping not only the BUMS but the productive citizens and tourists from sitting outside to enjoy the view and maybe read a book. The BUMS now sit on the grass drinking beer and cheap wine and cheap booze, smoking cigarettes and doing hard drugs. THIS is the new America. Where BUMS are our equals!!!!

  • chitowncircle

    zero tolerance

  • bobfairlane

    Why not create a bum park, and make it a no-go zone for police, basically. Just let the bums have it, as a drain for the other parks so they have somewhere to ooze off to or settle into when they are swept out.

  • Midlandr

    I see the “duh” is moving into the Panhandle… time to sell my lots in Pitts Bay Shores…

  • Geoff Jacobs

    RENO, NEVADA is the WORST city in the world for homeless people. We will NEVER go back there. You can’t even walk down the main drag from one shop or casino to the next, sightseeing without being followed or leered at by those creepy looking homeless butt holes. They all look like they just got out of county jail. And, NOT ONE COP or Security Officer in a 3-4 block area?! WTF?? Plus, you have to park off of the main drag, God forbid you have to walk around the corner to the rear of one of those buildings, there are HUNDRED’s of those Hobo’s hanging out sleeping, drinking, shouting, having sex, fighting, etc…
    RENO, NV. SUCKS!!!

  • doug

    Only one word for this LIBERALISM plane and simple

    • Fedupwithignorance

      It’s “plain” not plane. But you dumb conservatives wouldn’t know that since you don’t believe in book-learning. BTW, Ft Walton Beach, FL is about as conservative Republican as you can get, not exactly the home of liberals. Nice try, though.

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