Sarasota's wealthy and homeless clash in Florida city's downtown; ACLU has filed 5 lawsuits

  • Article by: TAMARA LUSH , Associated Press
  • Updated: January 18, 2013 - 3:29 AM
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SorghastrumJan. 19, 13 8:33 AM

As a former resident of Sarasota I can testify that while it is true that the downtown area of Sarasota has become more gentrified over the last 35 years, these issues are not new. The discrimination of the homeless and nonwhite citizens that have been a normative response of some native Floridians and also those relocated rich retirees from the northern states, wielding political clout has always been problematic. The beautiful patina of sweeping Gulf Coast beaches and warm winter temperature is a thin veneer that overlays a history of disregard for many of the poorer members of society in this most southern state.

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bgmach3Jan. 19, 13 4:50 PM

And the rich mans armies of police and if necessary the national guard are why we have to keep the basis of the second amendment intact.

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hittodeadJan. 19, 13 6:28 PM

How is this a second amendment issue? Because armed homeless people are going to fight back against police sweeping them off the streets? Oh yeah, I forgot, every problem is solved by guns.

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