St. Augustine City Commission discusses homeless population ahead of Nights of Lights

ST. AUGUSTINE, Florida. – Bright nights will illuminate Saint-Augustin from this weekend despite the damage caused by Nicole.

Saint-Augustin will light 3 million lights for the annual Nights of Lights illumination on Saturday, November 19. Thousands of people are expected to witness the illumination! Night event. At the same time, city leaders are trying to find a way to deal with the growing homeless population downtown. The commissioners had a meeting this week where they discussed possible solutions.

Those walking down St George Street see businesses, tourists and some people who have set up camp on the street with nowhere to go.

Steven Fischer, a community outreach officer with the St Augustine Police Department, said officials were trying to create a shelter with services for the homeless population. There are currently no shelters in St. Augustine or St. Johns County.

St. Augustine city commissioners met this week and discussed how they would tackle the city’s homeless homeless population. Commissioners said homeless people flock to populated places like St. Augustine for internet access, restaurants and the social aspect.

“We’re not blind, that’s for sure,” Fischer said. “We see it and we are working diligently to try to find something that will help this situation.”

Fisher said the city is trying to set up a low-barrier entry shelter with a drop-in center with wrap-around services.

“You’re never going to solve homelessness, you can just help make it better.”

Fisher said he hopes this shelter will be open next year.

Bright nights will illuminate Saint-Augustin from this weekend despite the damage caused by Nicole. News4JAX reporter Joe McLean tells us there were concerns Nicole would mean the lights would go out for the annual tradition.

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