DAYTONA BEACH HOMELESS

This has been going on for years and still no place to care for our homeless?

This is a taste of what the Florida Government Officials think about our poor and homeless!

If you can get anything at all out of a government official, they want to send all of our homeless to a piece of land,

“Out of Sight, Out of Mind!”

If you can take a few hours to help a human being, walk a little in their shoes at the protest?

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Pastor Mike Pastore is shown at the Beach Street homeless camp

at the County Adminstration Building in Daytona Beach.

News-Journal/David Tucker

Daytona homeless advocate Pastore threatens Rolex-Speedway protest

By Lyda Longa

lyda.longa@news-jrnl.com

Published: Wednesday, January 27, 2016 at 12:11 p.m.

Last Modified: Wednesday, January 27, 2016 at 1:48 p.m.

DAYTONA BEACH — Homeless advocate Mike Pastore is threatening to protest the plight of the homeless in front of Daytona International Speedway this weekend as the Rolex 24 gets rolling and as thousands of race fans flock to the new and improved racing venue.

Pastore said Wednesday that he would ask Daytona Beach Police Chief Mike Chitwood for a safe zone where he and whomever wants to join him from the homeless camp at 250 N. Beach, can protest and bring attention to the problem of the homeless in the city. He also threatened to take the protests to the steps of the Volusia County Courthouse Annex on Orange Avenue and to the county’s Ocean Center on Atlantic Avenue.

(READ: Volusia puts brakes on moving employees from downtown Daytona)

(MORE: Chief says Morgan Gilreath “manufactured” drama in accosting)

In light of the heavy rain on Wednesday and more of the same forecast for Thursday, Pastore said he has also put out a plea for tents, saying that the city feared a “tent city” and that’s just what they might get.

“We’re all soaked to the skin,” Pastore said. “This is a self-fulfilling prophecy for the city because they didn’t want a tent city.”

He said the city will likely try to get rid of the large homeless camp outside the county government building on Beach Street in time for the Rolex 24, but he hopes to be front and center outside the racetrack this weekend with a few of the homeless in tow.

“The Rolex is right around the corner and I would ask chief Chitwood to designate a safe area where we can protest peacefully to bring attention to the homeless,” Pastore said. “We will peacefully exercise our first amendment  rights.”

The chief however was unfazed, saying that protesters are not uncommon in front of the Speedway during events there.

“It’s not a big deal,” Chitwood said Wednesday morning. “We get protests out there all the time.

County Councilman Josh Wagner, who supports Pastore’s efforts, said protesting outside the Speedway might not be that effective.

“You can use the sidewalk,” Wagner said. “But there’s so many people at the race.”

Wagner indicated that the crowds are so large that protesters could go unnoticed.

“That’s part of the reason 250 Beach has become noticeable, because there’s not a lot of people out there in that area,” Wagner said.

A few homeless people began living on the sidewalk outside 250 N. Beach last month after a downtown park and public bathrooms were closed. As more people followed, cots, blankets and food were then distributed and for weeks leaders have considered what might be done to break up what has become an encampment. The Salvation Army offered 46 beds this week for some of the 100 or so people outside the administration building but fewer than two dozen went.

An incident between a homeless person and a county employee brought the possibility of Volusia closing the building altogether, but that plan was scrapped on Tuesday.

Wagner — who spent just over 24 hours on the street recently to see what it’s like to be homeless —  said he feels that “things are moving along as they should” in regard to the situation outside the government building at 250 N. Beach. Dozens of homeless people are lined up along the sidewalk in cots piled heavy with old blankets. Next to the cots acting as a sort of buffer or boundary, are heaps of plastic bags jammed with clothing and other worldly belongings.

Wagner said the occupation outside the building is “almost a protest.”

“I feel like we’re getting stuff done,” he said.

http://www.news-journalonline.com/article/20160127/NEWS/160129577/101040?Title=Daytona-homeless-advocate-Pastore-threatens-Rolex-Speedway-protest

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