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Township to Introduce Ordinance Prohibiting Camping on Public Property

The Township Committee will be proposing a law prohibiting the camping on public property without proper permits, TLS has learned. The new ordinance was proposed by the Mayor in hopes of enforcing the terms of the consent order in the Tent City litigation, which provides that the encampment may not continue growing.

With the new ordinance in place, officials hope to further stump the growth of the encampment – as adding more tents, or residents, would be in direct violation of yet another enacted law. It will also prevent such acts from taking place elsewhere.

The ban on open fires on public land, recently introduced by the Fire Commissioners, is also expected to be enforced by the township, the Mayor confirms.

The new camping ordinance is expected to be introduced during the next Township Committee meeting. TLS.

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