Why do we, in essence, encourage vagrancy?

Ron Hucke


Ponte Vedra Beach

Recently a friend of mine was attacked in her home by a 25-year-old homeless man (read drugged out, mentally ill, down on his luck, sick, vicious, psychotic, underprivileged or whatever excuse you wish to fill in here) and he tried twice to sexually assault her before she broke loose and ran screaming from her home. Only by sheer luck was a deputy near enough to hear her screams and by another miracle, able to arrest him.

Terrible political leadership encouraged him to come and blend in with the hundreds of his brethren. How many other places would allow them to come camp in the woods, prey on nice tourists, assault locals, and then slink back into the anonymity of the homeless world. Understand that I’m talking about the migratory opportunistic bums in search of good weather, a welcoming city and easy prey. We have to wonder who our mayor, city and county commissioners, sheriff, police chief and especially city attorney work for, don’t we? They must work for the homeless bunch because they are incapable of the leadership needed to solve the problem. They just continue to feed our bums better, build bigger shelters, allow them to beg and intimidate people, clean up their messes and give them more rights than the citizens who pay the taxes and therefore pay the politicians to supposedly do something for our citizens. I know, here’s an idea: let’s study it again!

Our leaders are the only ones who can help us, but they are incredibly slow learners, pushed around by a city attorney who said that our 2010 ordinance “might” not stand up to constitutionality. We all see the results of not enforcing our vagrancy laws. When you’ve got activist groups funding lawsuits against cities and scaring leaders away from protecting the citizens, we are in deep trouble. We have a bunch of cowardly politicians who quit enforcing the laws and opened the gates to this latest crop of homeless aggressors, and the latest attack on a citizen.

Remember the 2010 gruesome murder of Brittany Tavar in our neighborhood? She took a homeless guy in, trying to “help” him out. Her reward was being beaten in the head with a hammer and having her throat cut. They captured him in Seattle, another homeless Mecca.

I urge everyone to remember 2010 and 11, when our town was sick and tired of the trash, crime, murders, assaults, child playground stalking and other problems caused by the downtrodden bums. Our politicians then finally started allowing the police to enforce vagrancy laws and miraculously the bums decided to move on to cities where the local officials were more welcoming to their messes and crimes. What a coincidence! My vote is to let the city attorney live with the homeless guys for a month or so. Perhaps then, when some activist group decides to sue the city over our vagrancy laws, he can honestly say: Bring it on! We are enforcing our laws. Money spent defending our laws to protect our citizens is money well spent.

If the poor downtrodden person had been able rape my friend, would he have let her live to tell her story? Just like 2010, how many assaults, murders and rapes will it take before our leadership has the blood of a citizen on their hands? Oh, they’ll say they are very sorry, they may even go to the funeral, but the victim will still be dead. Slow learners, every one of them … sad. My neighborhood now has had two violent attacks by homeless guys. Is yours next? Probably.