Clock ticking for homeless at Lions Park set to be kicked out next week

first_imgFORT MYERS, Fla. – As the traffic rumbles along US 41 a community of tents sits just on the outskirts of downtown Fort Myers in Lions Park, across from Lee Memorial Hospital.Inside one of the tents a woman can be heard weeping after another restless night of sleeping on the hard ground.Dawn Cullen is approached by social workers who want to help find her more permanent housing.“I’m too old to sleep on the ground,” Cullen said. “It’s been so long. I haven’t slept in a bed for 11 months.” AdvertisementThe clock is ticking for her and many others who will be forced to leave the park for good next week.A homeless camp was set up in the park months ago but now the city said it’s time to go and they have eight days before they’re evicted.Adina Bridges and her co-workers from Centerstone go from tent to tent offering people mental health counseling and they’re assisting others to find housing. RELATEDTOPICS AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 comments Homeless gather at abandoned North Fort Myers shopping plaza May 5, 2021 Advertisement Dozens of homeless people camp behind abandoned shopping plaza May 1, 2021 They hear Cullen weeping and she assures them she doesn’t need therapy but simply a place to live.She became homeless during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, and she is now desperate for a place to live.She’s not alone. A woman named Teresa has been living in the park, and she is a mother and grandmother that admitted she is a heroin addict. On Thursday she accepted help to battle her addiction admitting she has been miserable.Others who have been living in the park are happy. Jason “Boogy” Hagen is among them. He’s fondly been nicknamed the mayor of tent city because he was the first person to set up a tent and call it home.Hagen has been living in Lions Park for seven months and on Thursday he found out he qualifies for rapid rehousing and social workers picked him up and are delivering him to his new apartment.“I’ve been sentenced to seven months in this park. Today is my release date,” Hagen said.But there are many more who still need help and aren’t so fortunate.Officer Youngblood with the Fort Myers Police Department has patrolled tent city for months and he realizes the importance of finding people some help before the March 19 deadline to leave the park. “Right now, everyone is chomping at the bit to get it all done,” Youngblood said.For Bridges the pressure is on to help as many as she can but she realizes not everyone may accept the help.“I’m not able to help every single person on this day. Not everyone is ready,” Bridges said.No new tents are permitted to set up in the park. City council meets on Monday to further discuss the growing homeless problem. The city voted 4-3 earlier this month against relocating the homeless to the nearby Salvation Army. It’s likely the proposal could be voted on again if one of the four councilmembers has a change of heart to help relocate them. North Fort Myers homeless camp to be cleared out May 3, 2021 Advertisement Cape Coral nurse & patient bond over bikes, help give thousands away June 11, 2021 AdvertisementDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 comments Advertisement Tags: EvictionHomelessLions Parklast_img read more

Tougher emerging market bank supervision needed: Fitch

Keywords Banking industry,  Emerging markets Share this article and your comments with peers on social media James Langton TD getting new head of private wealth, financial planning Regulatory supervision of fast-growing banks in emerging markets has improved significantly over the past 20 years, but oversight must get stronger still says Fitch Ratings in a new report. The rating agency reports that, over the last 20 years, emerging market banking regulation has improved, largely in an effort to avoid a repeat of past financial crises that jeopardized economic growth, and the health of the banks. Fed plays limited role in assessing climate risks for banks It notes that more conservative capital rules have been established across most emerging market banking systems, and that “compliance and accounting-oriented supervision techniques are giving way to risk-based frameworks that more closely mirror developed market regulatory approaches.” Most emerging market regulators are pushing banks’ average Tier 1 capital ratios above 10%, it says. Additionally, foreign currency regulations have been tightened, and related-party transactions are becoming less frequent as disclosure improves, it notes. Moreover, domestic regulators have been given more legal authority to carry out bank supervision, it says. That said, Fitch stresses that not all emerging market bank regulatory frameworks are equally robust, and it says the need for tougher supervision is growing, “as banks’ retail exposure expands, introducing new risk management problems.” And, as emerging market banks continue to expand internationally, Fitch says that the need for enhanced regulatory harmonization within regions will increase. “Banking regulators must quickly attempt to reduce regulatory asymmetries in order to cope with the already significant and growing regionalization of emerging market banks,” it says. Moreover, Fitch stresses that, while the banks generally have healthy capital positions, there is no room for complacency. “We believe banks should strive jointly with regulators to preserve and enhance such capital in order to properly fund expected expansion while maintaining enough capital to cover unexpected losses,” it says. Related news Canadian banks to focus on growth, spending and buybacks after strong second quarter Facebook LinkedIn Twitter read more

Council hopefuls square off at candidate forum

first_imgBy DINA ARÉVALOPort Isabel-South Padre [email protected] regarding economic development, fiscal responsibility, attracting tourists, and sustaining both business and the environment highlighted the bulk the conversation during a candidate forum hosted by the South Padre Island Chamber of Commerce Tuesday evening.The forum, which was held at the South Padre Island Convention Centre, was open to all five candidates running for election on the South Padre Island City Council. Vying for Place 2, which is being vacated by Councilman Ron Pitcock, are Brandy Buntin and Kerry Schwartz.For Place 5, incumbent Paul Munarriz is being challenged by Eva Jean Dalton and Thomas Bainter. And at Place 3, Joe Ricco is running unopposed. Ricco was not present at the forum.After making brief introductions, the candidates answered a series of 10 questions posed by moderator Kathy Cunningham.In the first, Cunningham asked how the candidates if they would support expanding the Convention Centre and how it could remain competitive with similar amenities in other coastal communities.While all were supportive of improvements to the Convention Centre, several had concerns about needing feasibility data before making such an expenditure.Want the whole story? Pick up a copy of the Port Isabel-South Padre Press, or subscribe to our E-Edition by clicking here. Share RelatedCity council candidates cover island issues at forumBy Pamela Cody  Special to the PRESS      The four candidates running for City Council on SPI appeared at a forum, hosted by the South Padre Island Chamber of Commerce, at the South Padre Island Convention Center Monday, October 7, to answer questions on pertinent topics before a live audience.      Running…October 18, 2019In “News”Early voting underway in Cameron CountyBy DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press [email protected] Election officials across the state are recording record early voter turnout for the November midterm elections. Up for grabs are seats in the state’s highest offices, from governor and lieutenant governor, to railroad and land commissioners, state board of education, and seats on…October 26, 2018In “News”Island ballot set for NovemberBy DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press [email protected] The slate has been set for the upcoming municipal elections on South Padre Island this November. According to a statement released by the City, a total of six candidates are vying for three seats on the City Council. At Place 3, local businessman…September 7, 2018In “News”last_img read more