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Miami's homeless may lose some rights if federal judge agrees to settlement

@ChuckRabin

Miami’s homeless, who since 1998 have benefitted from special life-sustaining privileges not afforded most residents, will lose some of those exceptions if a federal judge signs off on an agreement reached by the city of Miami and the American Civil Liberties Union.

No longer will the homeless be allowed to set fires in parks to cook, or to build make-shift tents to sleep on public property.

The homeless would still be allowed to sleep on sidewalks, but only if they don’t obstruct the right-of-way of pedestrians. They would still be permitted to be naked in public to cleanse themselves or go to the bathroom, but only out of sight of the general public, and not if they are within a quarter mile of a public restroom.

And convicted, homeless sex offenders would no longer receive the same life-sustaining benefits as other homeless people.

The agreement, reached late Wednesday after two days of intense shuttle-door diplomacy, was delivered Thursday afternoon to U.S. District Judge Federico Moreno. The judge can accept it, reject it, or order more negotiations between the two sides.

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BarryMiami

This settlement would be fine if those who want to sleep on the sidewalk in downtown Miami were playing with a full deck; but most aren't. Mental illness and substance abuse are clouding there judgement and we are playing into that with misguided protestations about civil rights. I have civil rights too. I have the right togo to sleep at night knowing that mentally deranged people are not sleeping on our streets but are being
cared for by caring, rational, clear thinking people
who hold public office.Judge Moreno, be the adult here
and make this right. NO ONE SHOULD BE SLEEFING ON OUR STREETS OR IN OUR METRO RAIL STATIONS!OPghigthigthis

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