CAMPING ORDINANCE TO GO INTO EFFECT WEDNESDAY, POLICE READY TO START CITATIONS
There will be no more camping on public or private property in Fortuna. The city’s new ordinance on the issue goes into effect Wednesday. It was approved almost 30 days ago by the city council. The ordinance makes it illegal within city limits to camp on public lands or private property for more than 7 days without consent of the owner. Fortuna Police say its another tool for them to be able to clean up some problem transient camps.
It gives them the power to cite anyone breaking the new law with an infraction, that offenders will have to go to court for. They say they’ll be out Wednesday morning making the new rule known to those it most affects.
“If they’re camping and they’re in violation of the law what’s going to happen is they will be cited,” said Fortuna Police Chief William Dobberstein, “and we will come in and have our city crew remove their belongings from the campsite. I don’t want to push the problem to another area; I’m not trying to do that. This is a tool for us to try to fix the problem.”
Dobberstein added that after Wednesday’s warning patrol they will check back at the locations they visit at an undisclosed date to start issuing formal citations.