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City manager will open discussion with presentation on the issue

During the St. Augustine City Commission’s meeting on Monday, November 13, City Manager John Regan will lead a discussion on the topic of homelessness and panhandling. Public comment periods in recent meetings have included members of the city’s residential and business community expressing concern over the increased presence of homeless and panhandlers in the downtown, specifically on St. George Street, and in and around the Plaza and surrounding streets.

Prior to the discussion, Regan will offer a presentation that fulfills a request by the commission to research the current situation, identify specific problems and contributing factors, and present recommendations for short-term and long-term actions. The presentation will also offer fundamental, foundational information regarding service providers and organizations in the city and St. Johns County that are currently working to address homelessness and its associated challenges.

Also on the agenda for Monday will be a presentation by Michael Kahn specifically regarding panhandling and legal remedies that may be explored by the Commission. Kahn, working as special counsel for the city, wrote, defended, and ultimately prevailed in the Eleventh Circuit in 2001 to a challenge to a a city ordinance regulating street performers.

Click to view the agenda here and the presentation here.  The meeting will begin at 5:00pm on Monday, November 13 in The Alcazar Room, City Hall,75 King St. and will be carried live on GTV (Comcast channel 3) as well as on-line at www.CityStAugTV.com, where it is also available on-demand the day following the meeting.