City Looks for Solutions to a Safer Downtown
Published October 21st, 2013
GAINESVILLE- Everything from loitering and drug use to indecent public exposure has been reportedly witnessed in Bo Diddly downtown plaza and the surrounding areas.
Business owners in the downtown community are worried that patrons are being scared off by the disruptive homeless.
An email from City Manager Russ Blackburn to City Commissioner Yvonne Hinson-Rawls assures that increased number of officers are on the way to the downtown area.
But that's not exactly what the Gainesville Police Department says.
Officer Ben Tobias explains the changes on the way,"what we are gonna do is shift some of our downtown unit patrols and like i said the officers that might have court or something in the downtown area, they'll make a pass through the plaza, a pass through the Hampton Inn just to make sure they're offering an increased visibility to some of the people around there."
One other option hinson rawls mentioned as a way to deal with homeless concerns in the area until the one stop center opens, is to create a short term hostel in an unused building in the city
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