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NJ shore town moves to close homeless encampment

Local News, News | Feb 04, 2013

NJ shore town moves to close homeless encampment

LAKEWOOD, N.J. (AP) — Officials in a Jersey Shore community are taking steps to dismantle an encampment of homeless people.

Summonses were recently issued to the leaders of Tent City, an encampment in the woods of Lakewood where about 80 people now live.

Steve Brigham, who founded the encampment in Ocean County and works with its homeless residents, tells the Asbury Park Press that authorities initially told him they would impose daily fines of $1,000 for each of the site’s 100 tents and 80 wood burning stoves.

But Brigham says authorities now plan to come in Wednesday and disassemble the camp if the tents have not been taken down.

Township officials confirmed the notices were sent, citing health and sanitary issues at the site and complaints from residents who live near the camp.