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Lake Forest Bans Daytime Camping

Long-term encampment by the Occupy movement is cited as an example of camping the city wants to avoid.

A revamped, expanded ordinance banning daytime camping on city property was approved unanimously by the Lake Forest City Council at its Tuesday meeting.

Without discussion, the item was passed as part of the consent calendar, a group of items typically approved without lengthy debate.

The move expands Lake Forest's current law, which bans use of city property for camping at nighttime, to the day as well.

The new, more comprehensive text defines public property as government-owned, maintained or operated:

  • land, improved or unimproved
  • facilities or buildings
  • educational institutions
  • streets, rights-of-way, alleyways, passageways
  • parks, landscaped areas or greenbelts
  • parking lots
  • sidewalks, curbs and gutters

In a report to the council, City Attorney Scott Smith cited encampments by the Occupy movement as a type of daytime camping that the city hopes to avoid.

, but never set up camp in Lake Forest.

The new ordinance will return once more before the council for a second reading before going into effect.

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