After months of escalating crime associated to resorts used as shelters, South Portland officers need to crack down once more.
Calls to the police and firefighters are on the rise, irritating residents and enterprise homeowners close to the resorts.
Metropolis leaders had had sufficient this spring, telling some lodge operators they wanted to make adjustments to combat crime.
They stated issues with issues like medicine, assault, theft and harassment proceed, and now the council is making an attempt to place extra circumstances on lodge licenses.
The resorts are a secure haven for a whole bunch of homeless folks and asylum seekers, however emergency calls to police and firefighters have elevated dramatically.
For instance, earlier than the pandemic, there was a mean of 31 calls per yr on the Consolation Inn on Maine Mall Highway. This yr there are already greater than 275.
A lawyer for the lodge defended their lawsuits in a gathering with town council in April.
It is August now and persons are nonetheless residing within the resorts saying they’ve nowhere else to go.
In a press release on town’s web site, officers say the amount and nature of calls is “so vital” that police and firefighters have “vital public security issues” if issues proceed under the established order.
The town says it has related issues about emergency calls elsewhere. For that reason, the council will even take into account putting circumstances on the Casco Bay Lodge’s license that it has not beforehand thought of.
Native residents and neighbors really feel sorry for the lodge company.
“I believe the homelessness state of affairs in our nation is devastating,” stated Joan Merritt Krause of South Portland. “Shouldn’t be. Should not be in any respect.”
Metropolis officers stated they aren’t contemplating revoking the lodge’s licenses lest anybody be evicted.
Nonetheless, councilors will take into account necessities to ease the burden on emergency providers.
Lodge managers, town supervisor and town clerk didn’t reply to requests for remark or declined to remark.
The session begins at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday.
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