The latest DeSantis backed bill ensures Florida will not turn into San Francisco

Mar 11, 2024

California Governor Gavin Newsom has turned his once thriving state into a hellhole. 

But DeSantis will not let decline happen in Florida under his watch.

And the latest piece of legislation backed by DeSantis ensures the Sunshine State will not turn into another San Francisco.

California ranks #1

According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, 28 percent of the nation’s entire homeless population is in California.

That is a 40 percent rise within the last five years.

With California leading America in homelessness, many are criticizing Newsom’s tax-and-spend policies and poor leadership.

When DeSantis visited San Francisco last year, he too criticized the leftist policies that have gutted the once vibrant city.

“You look around the city is not vibrant anymore,” DeSantis said.

He continued, “It’s really collapsed because of leftist policies and these policies have caused these people to flee this area. They don’t prosecute criminals like they do in most parts of the country,” ABC 7 News reported.

Boundaries for the homeless

But while California may not care about crime and lawlessness, DeSantis does.

People who are homeless often suffer from mental illness and addiction.

Many break the law, steal or rob others to stay afloat, or feed their vice.

The Florida House of Representatives passed a bill to help address the growing homeless population but restricting where the homeless can camp out.

Representative Sam Garrison (R-Fleming) said, “This bill takes steps towards addressing the crisis of chronic homelessness by prohibiting public sleeping or camping on public properties or public rights of way while simultaneously making allowances for secure safe areas for those who have no other place to go,” reported Florida’s Voice.

By allowing local governments to address the crisis in their city as they see fit, while having boundaries that ban the homeless from sleeping on public property, Garrison hopes this will be a step in the right direction.

The Senate is next to address the bill. 

DeSantis speaks out

DeSantis fully supports legislation to address the homelessness epidemic and said, “We cannot allow any city in Florida to become like San Francisco, where homelessness, drugs, and crime have decimated the quality of life, hurt the economy, and eroded freedom.”

“In Florida we will continue to enact policies that promote accountability and community safety, unlike in California where they are promoting dangerous policies that harm their communities and economy,” DeSantis continued.

While some Democrats claim the bill is not compassionate, they don’t offer any other alternative solutions.

But by prohibiting the homeless from camping out on city streets, sidewalks and parks, and increasing funding for drug-free homeless centers, Florida hopes to take the steps to address the homeless crisis before it turns into another San Francisco.  

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