Sitting, lying down on Durango sidewalks and streets will soon result in fine
May 17, 2018 06:57 PM
DURANGO, Colo. – You can park cars by the curb in downtown Durango, but not your buns.
The city is now one hearing away from outlawing sitting or lying down on sidewalks, streets and alleys.
"It's a protection for everyone. It's a protection for people walking down the street, whether you live here or you are tourist," Mayor Sweetie Marbury said.
But some won't stand for that justification, instead calling it discrimination against the homeless population. Some even call it a war on the poor.
City officials say the fine for the first offense could go all the way up to $100, and $200 for the second. But they say warnings will be given first.
But what if a homeless person is ticketed? Does the city expect that person would even be able to pay the fine?
"I don't have that answer," Marbury said. "That's between the person who gets a ticket and the judge."
Enforcement will run from 7 a.m. to 2:30 am. Exceptions to the ordinance include medical emergencies, disabilities and parades.
The final reading of the ordinance is June 5.
Created: May 17, 2018 06:57 PM
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