Tent City Evictions
It's an area that's seen a recent increase in violence, including a double stabbing June 2nd. On June 11th, its residents will still have their tents, but they won't have their city.
Tent City is a wooded area just south of Southwest 10th Street in Gainesville and houses literally hundreds of people. James "Jimbo" Hubertz is one of them. He is disabled and pays for medical treatments with Medicade and Medicare money and lives off of social security.
"I can either pay rent or live and I choose to live as best I can with the little money I get," said Hubertz, "so i'm really in a bind here now so I don't know what's gonna happen. We're supposed to be out of here by the 11th and that's not very much time."
Hubertz - along with other people who call Tent City home - have to leave because the landowner has signed paperwork allowing police officials to enforce trespassing violations on his property. Flyers have been handed out informing residents. Police officials say it's all because of a rise in violence in the area.
"The ultimate goal for both the property owner and the police is the safety and well being of citizens," said Gainesville Police Lt. Keith Kameg. "We have seen some victimization in recent days and now the property owner wants that to stop, we want that to stop ... clearly this is not a healthy environment for people to live in."
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