Residents of Tent City Forced to Move
It's moving day for hundreds of people in one North Central Florida city, but you won't find any moving vans.
Residents of Gainesville's Tent City have to leave by 9 a.m. Thursday, but many say they aren't going far.
Hawthorne Trail, which is located just south of Southeast 10th Street, is a path that many bikers and joggers take every day, but how many of those people know what is in the woods right off the path?
Literally hundreds of people live in what is known as Tent City, but not for much longer. Because of a rise in violence in the area, the landowner has asked Gainesville police officials to enforce trespassing laws in the area starting Thursday at 9 a.m.
That means many residents are leaving the area today (June 10), but most aren't going far. Tent City covers a large area of the woods, and it's not all owned by the same person.
As a result, many people are just moving further back into the woods, off the plot of land where GPD officers can enforce trespassing laws.