Venice Struggles To Deal With Beach Homeless


Venice City Council is struggling to deal with a growing homeless population that congregates chiefly at the Venice Avenue beach access and pavilion.

Citizens say they are being hit up for money, kept from walking onto the beach, and confronted by the homeless in other ways.

One idea is to hire private security to stay at the beach entrance.

That is said to be cheaper than stationing a police officer there all the time, and would be a better use of resources.

Officials say they understand that while citizens must be kept safe from any criminal activity, the right of the homeless to be anywhere anyone else is allowed must be maintained.