[UPDATE] Occupy Tallahassee Leaves Gaines Street

By: Eyewitness News Email
By: Eyewitness News Email

Tallahassee, Florida -September 1, 2012

Members of the Occupy Tallahassee movement left their encampment at old Johns property Saturday 9-1-12.

The City sent the group a notice to leave the property last month. The group had occupied the site for almost a year.

But the City says because the groups numbers have dwindled- about people were still encamped there- and they were no longer actively protesting, it felt their was no longer a need for the group to stay.

Despite being asked to leave, members of the group still feel it was a success.

"When you see that things are not correct you need to do whatever it takes to raise your voice and speak truth to power," says Larry Hendricks of Occupy Tallahassee.

The group points to the privatizing of state prisons being shot-down as one of its success.
Tallahassee, Florida -August 23, 2012

Occupy Tallahassee may be on the move.

The City of Tallahassee sent a letter to the group on August 21, saying it would 'not renew or extend' its temporary lease agreement that allows the group to use the Johns property.

The group has until September 1 to leave.

The City says because the group's size has dwindled and they're no longer actively protesting, it no longer sees a need for them to be there.

Any tents left up after September 1, 2012 the City says will be taken down.

Tallahassee, Florida - April 6, 2012

The Occupy Tallahassee group has this statement posted to their Facebook page:

In light of our many successful actions leading up to and during the Florida legislative session, Occupy Tallahassee feels that, moving forward, we will no longer require an extended temporary use agreement (TUA) for overnight occupation of the Gaines Street Commons (725 S. Bronough St.).

Due to the new direction our actions and outreach efforts are taking, we are still, however, intending to se...ek TUA's for specific events, potentially necessitating an overnight stay (e.g. certain major days of action, educational events, outreach, and lawful political actions leading up to the national elections in November, as well as other potential gatherings of individuals from around the state.) These events would be thoroughly planned well in advance.

In addition, we would like to continue to maintain and expand our community gardening efforts on the site, in the interests of beautification as well as education for all interested Tallahaseans. We would also like to continue to meet regularly at the Commons during the daytime to continue and coordinate our trash collection and cleanup efforts in the area.

OT would also like to take this opportunity to extend our heartfelt thanks to the City of Tallahassee and its employees for the positive, cordial, and productive relationship that we have shared, and sincerely intend to continue.

Sincerely, Occupy Tallahassee (Legal Team)


Tallahassee, Florida - March 27, 2012

According to the City of Tallahassee, the entire Occupy Tallahassee group pays one lump sum of $35 a month to access the city's utility line. They can use the line to power whatever they need. This is a practice Tallahassee Parks & Recreation has done before when others have rented out public spaces. There is no meter on site so their power usage is unknown.

The City explained that the Occupy Tallahassee members do have to keep their area clean and maintain the two portable restroom units on site. There is no direct cost to the city to have them there. The city does not pay for police or trash pick up there as other cities have with their occupy sites.

To date, the city says that the Occupy Tallahassee members have been complying with the rules.


The Occupy Tallahassee Movement has a written agreement with the city to use the land.

The City reviews the agreement on a monthly basis, usually at the end of each month. The city says as long as there is nothing illegal going on, the Occupy members keep the spot clean and provide toilets, then the city will allow them to continue using the space.

The Occupy Tallahassee members do pay about $35 a month fee to the city. The fee allows them to access the city's utilities.

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  • by Repubtallygirl Location: Crawfordville on Apr 9, 2012 at 10:53 AM
    "In light of our many successful actions leading up to and during the Florida legislative session," Really? Name one.
  • by Fed Up Location: Tlh on Apr 8, 2012 at 03:43 PM
    Who (is)(are) the idiot(s) at City Hall who agreed to $35 for a drop line, when that does not even begin to cover the costs involved? Public Works is going to spend a lot of taxpayer money on new sod and clean up. When the public is forced to pay for sewer, water, fire fees, streets and drainage, none of this is mentioned for the freeloaders. City Hall needs to start explaining and collecting some money from them, as, it is my opinion they have never paid the first $35.00 This is one more reason the taxpayers need some new commissioners, a new mayor, a new manager, a new city attorney and clean out all those that are there, and get some brains in there that can look after the public's money.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 7, 2012 at 01:17 PM
  • by ddd Location: tally on Apr 7, 2012 at 10:35 AM
    In other words, they can't afford the $35.00 a Month and they are tired of looking like idiots. Make them clean the Place up before letting them go.
  • by Frankie Location: HOME on Apr 7, 2012 at 06:24 AM
    izitjustme asked if anyone went to the camp to offer anyone a job. I don't think it works that way. Generally an employer expects you to seek a job if you want to work.
  • by ConservativelyAngry Location: chair on Apr 7, 2012 at 02:41 AM
    Does this mean OT likes the dirt they've been squatting on and even though they'll no longer sleep on it, they're going to keep it for their gardening efforts? Someone 'splain this to me. Thanks. "In addition, we would like to continue to maintain and expand our community gardening efforts on the site, in the interests of beautification as well as education for all interested Tallahaseans."
  • by izitjustme? Location: secretly occupying your backyard. on Apr 6, 2012 at 11:48 PM
    “People who dismiss the unemployed and dependent as ‘parasites’ fail to understand economics and parasitism. A successful parasite is one that is not recognized by its host, one that can make its host work for it without appearing as a burden. Such is the ruling class in a capitalist society.” For all those who say"get a job", Is there anyone who offered a job to any in the camp that needed one?? Sanctimonious Hypocrites.
  • by izitjustme? Location: Kent State on Apr 6, 2012 at 07:44 PM
    People who seek to right wrongs and make us a better society are always face ostracism from the "comfortable". Look at what happened to Jesus...If he were to appear today, rocking the boat,saying "I am the Son of God", Organised Religion would race each other to execute this 'troublemaker'. Unwashed hippies? that is so '60s. I had longer hair than most when I visited. I detected no "foul" odor,except when the winds shifted to the south. Then I could smell the sweet aroma of corruption wafting from the Capitol Legislative offices,and Chambers. Brian, They have the same access to state property as you do.They just choose to exercise their rights as citizens. You're part of the sheeple. Stay in your illusionary cocoon. They'll get to you soon enough.
  • by God bless America on Apr 6, 2012 at 07:10 PM
    Going home to Mommy and Daddy's air conditioned condos.
  • by News Maven Location: Tallahassee on Apr 6, 2012 at 06:32 PM
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