Feb 23, 2010 9:21 PM by Bea Karnes, Andy Koen, News First 5

Colorado Springs bans camping in city limits

The Colorado Springs City Council has voted to ban camping in public areas, effectively forcing out the homeless who live along Fountain Creek.

The ordinance passed by an 8-1 vote with councilman Tom Gallagher casting the sole vote against the ban.

The law makes it illegal to sleep, to set up a tent or campsite or to store personal belongings on public lands.

At Tuesdays formal council meeting there were discussions of creating a transitional housing facility at a property on S. Nevada to house the homeless who are currently living along the creeks.  No formal plans were announced.

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