Pensacola Is Cold in More Than One Way

As the South prepares for another wintertime whammy in the form of cold temps and a blanket of snow and ice, we should note the news from the Pensacola City Council in Florida. The Sunshine State has homeless people, they don’t know why, they just do. Perhaps they are sinners, those who are not the predestined elect, or maybe they have calculated the the cost/benefit ratio of living indoors and have made the market-based decision to experience the great outdoors. Whatever, they are there.

They like to sleep outdoors when they sleep. The City apparently won’t stop them from sleeping outdoors nor provide heated shelters where they could rest their heads at night. Surely the homeless will be thankful they are free from such Government interference. But the City Council has BANNED them from covering up with blankets! Yes, in sweet Pensacola, a homeless person sprawled out in the ice and snow is prohibited by city ordinance from covering up with a blanket.

The City Fathers ( and at least one bitchy old City Mother*) have ordained that blankets are verboten. They don’t like the image it gives to the City. Apparently a frozen homeless person is OK but the blanket is just so unfashionable.

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* Jewel Cannada-Wynn, City Council President

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