Earlier this month, we reported that Penticton was looking to penalize those who sit or sleep on the sidewalks inside their municipality.
Well on Tuesday, June 4th, the city passed a bylaw amendment that can fine individuals $100 if they sit or sleep on some downtown sidewalks.
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“There has been an evident increase in complaints coming from downtown businesses, and through the Downtown Penticton Association” reads a council report.
“Downtown business owners and operators have indicated that they have seen an increase in social nuisance issues over the past year”.
These issues range from smoking near doorway entrances, obstruction of sidewalks for the purpose of loitering/panhandling, camping on city sidewalks, increased abandoned property in public spaces, and persons occupying vacant storefronts.
With the bylaw amendment passing, it’s now an offence to sit or lie on a street located between:
- The 100 block, 200 block and 300 block of Ellis Street;
- The 200 block, 300 block and 400 block of Martin Street; or
- The 100 block, 200 block, 300 block, 400 block, 500 block, 600 block and 700 block of
This bylaw will be in effect from May 1st until September 30th.
Under the Good Neighbour Bylaw, council are allowed to protect the quality of life for its citizens. It also endeavours to promote civic responsibility, and further, strives to encourage good relationships between neighbours.
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