[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.
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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.

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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)

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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.

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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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