This whole homeless tent city is the brainchild of a Rev. Bruce Wright.
He got people to donate the tents, in an attempt to set up a tent city and confront the city on the situation of the homeless.
The homeless in downtown St. Pete has been a huge problem because they flock to the city in the winter and disrupt downtown businesses. The are sanitation issues and property rights issues as they congregate downtown.
So this Rev. decided he was going to make a name for himself by "standing up" for the homeless. He's basically the instigator behind all the trouble. They even have picket lines of homeless demanding more "rights" in downtown St. Pete at the main entertainment complexes.
Here's the blog about the organization behind all the hub bub and organization of the homeless.
From the Rev.'s Bio: the groups he is affiliated with
He is a member in the following organizations: NAADAC, Poor Peoples Economic Human Rights Campaign, Critical Resistance, Every Church a Peace Church, League of Revolutionaries for a New America, St. Pete. For Peace, Food Not Bombs, Pinellas County Coalition for the Homeless, Homeless Legal Defense Fund, Pinellas County Juvenile Justice Council, St. Pete. Task Force on Homelessness, and the St. Petersburg Ministerial Association
When does he have time to preach to, and pastor, his congregation? LOL...I know the answer.
Al Sharptongue & Jesse Jackass share the same "pulpit".