Lakewood workers remove empty structures at homeless camp
Township Helps Tent City Clean Up: Lakewood Township workers clear away abandonded tents and other structures in the Tent City along Cedar Bridge Avenue.
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#1 Jul 6, 2013
#2 Jul 6, 2013
Even if Minister Brigham did not appreciate dismantling of the structures, surely officials Lakewood Township officials would still have done so. In January (2013), under pressure from a well-organized group of antagonists, township officials resumed/expand a campaign of harassment against resident of Tent City...
#3 Jul 6, 2013
...The Ocean County Superior Court had already ruled that the residents were free to do what was needed to ensure survival and safety. Nonetheless, the western entrance/exit dirt road having been previously blocked by dump truck loads of wood chips, officials had police stop stabilization of the main entrance/exit dirt road (even though it was not being paved - merely being stabilized by application of a gravel-like road fill material). The (muddy)road therefore remained in a state often impassable to emergency vehicles; it was often very difficult to have debris/trash removed, and virtually impossible to have the `porta-pottys' emptied/serviced. In addition, officials attempted to levy fines of approximately $200,000 per day, mainly for having tents and wood-burning stoves, which were clearly protected by the court's orders. Officials even went so far as to first threaten and then announce their outright intention to dismantle the camp and evict the residents by 02/06/2013 - which would have been in defiance of the Superior Court...
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