MIAMI (AP) — The city of Miami is asking a federal judge to make changes in a 1998 settlement governing the way homeless people are treated.
One change proposed in this week's filing would permit Miami police to arrest homeless people if they refuse to take a bed in a shelter. It would also allow shelters to substitute floor mats when there aren't enough beds.
When the settlement was approved there were several thousand homeless people living on Miami streets. City officials now say there are about 800 chronically homeless. Still, downtown businesses, arts and sports facilities and residents say the presence of so many homeless is bad for business and tourism.
The city also seeks modification of the settlements rules on littering, fires and temporary structures in parks, public nudity and others.