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2002-07-10 03:45:22+00 by meuon 5 comments

Drewcifer posted this protest about a problem with a group feeding the 'bums' at Miller Park. I'll be there Sunday. Maybe I'll post bail for friends, maybe I'll need it myself. I've watched them feed the "bums" (Park Service's term, not mine) and it seem more like an extended family picnic (ok, not quite, but close) I'll bet if Tennessee Temple was doing this (while trying to convert them... Witness! Brother! Witness!) the political/ police reponse would be different. Maybe a big crock pot of Red Beans and Rice would be welcomed.

Please understand I really don't like the 'homeless' hanging out in Miller Park, but it's a public park and they have as much right to hang there on a Sunday as I do. And if someone wants to bring some extra food and share it.. that's a freedom I would not want to see taken away from an individual or group. I've also attended 'spontaneous' micro-raves and other interesting activities at Miller Park. It's a neat small 'greenspace' park right downtown.

I was at Coolidge Park on the 3rd, and ran into Robbie and friends with a BIG spread of food on picnic tables just before the pops concert and fireworks. He (and his Mom and others..) were generous with their offers of food and drink to many passerby as well as me. Should this type of activity be illegal?

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#Comment made: 2002-07-12 17:13:57+00 by: Dan Lyke

So what's the pretext under which the authorities are shutting this operation down? I know either Washoe or Pershing county decided to start requiring food vendor permits from people distributing food at Burning Man, are they going after this with the health department, or with some "attractive nuisance" ordinance?

#Comment made: 2002-07-12 18:54:53+00 by: Shawn

It sounds like it's the health dept angle. But the problem is (according to the site) that the health dept. is refusing to even consider issuing them a permit (apparently, because of the nuisance issue).

#Comment made: 2002-07-12 21:49:14+00 by: Larry Burton

I heard that they got their permit. It was the Parks & Recreation Dept. that was not issuing it.

#Comment made: 2002-07-12 21:49:23+00 by: Larry Burton

I heard that they got their permit. It was the Parks & Recreation Dept. that was not issuing it.

#Comment made: 2002-07-13 12:54:19+00 by: meuon [edit history]

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