Clearwater confronts a new wave of homeless people, many addicted to spice - 2017-06-29

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F7.png Clearwater confronts a new wave of homeless people, many addicted to spice June 29, 2017, Tracey McManus, Tampa Bay Times

The uptick over the past six months of homeless downtown has been noticeable, with people sleeping in the foyers of buildings, lounging in Station Square Park and at the patio tables of restaurants, and lining up for near-daily meals at Peace Memorial Presbyterian Church. It also overlaps with the launch of the city's aggressive $55 million waterfront revitalization, Imagine Clearwater.

And the Church of Scientology's directive in May for its Sea Org staff to avoid downtown while in uniform took away a dominant presence on the streets, making the homeless even more conspicuous amid minimal foot traffic from shoppers.


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