Homeless groups file appeal of decision upholding St. Petersburg ordinances
ST. PETERSBURG -- The legal challenge against city ordinances that ban activities associated with the homeless continued this week when the groups that are representing four residents filed an appeal of federal Judge Steven Merryday's decision to back the city.
On March 11, Merryday upheld the city's right to arrest people for sleeping during the day on sidewalks and for storing personal property on public land. He also supported the city's right to ban people from public property if they had committed crimes there before.
As expected, the decision was appealed to the U.S. Court of Appeals' 11th Circuit. The 53-page appeal arrived at the city this week. The Southern Legal Counsel Inc., the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty, and Florida Institutional Legal Services, Inc. filed the appeal on behalf of Anthony Catron, Jo Anne Reynolds, William Shumate and Raymond Young.
-- Michael Van Sickler, Times staff writer