The framework simply isn't there, as Adell Erozer, executive director of the Manatee County Coalition on Homelessness, points out in a column today on Page 5F.
Manatee doesn't have enough shelter space or services to aid those currently seeking help -- never mind those who will be directed toward assistance through these proposed ordinances.
There are legitimate concerns about Sarasota's homeless ordinance, which is the model for Bradenton's, but at least Sarasota has a larger shelter and a broader array of services.
As Erozer notes, there are signs of hope in Manatee.Bradenton has approved plans for a consolidated service center for the homeless near McKechnie Field, but Erozer
says the center's opening is at least a year away and long-term operational Continued