Specifically, these business owners have expressed concerns about vandalism, litter and overall liability issues as they relate to people "hanging out" in their parking lots.
As your police department, we are aware there are limited entertainment opportunities for young people within our town and for many years, hanging out in the parking lots and socializing is simply a right of passage.
In lieu of criminalizing or taking punitive action against our young people for loitering on private property, we'd like to offer an alternative location. This location does not however exempt those who choose to violate the law and ultimately ruin this opportunity for everyone else.
The Town of Franklinton owns a parking lot which is located behind Market Max between Main and Cleveland Streets. We would like to suggest this location as an alternative to loitering in the Riverside Shopping Center, Eastgate Shopping Center and Winn Dixie Parking lot.
Although this location is an acceptable meeting location, noise ordinances, traffic laws, littering and vandalism will all be enforced.
We ask our young people to please be responsible and respectful to this alternative location and work with us to alleviate the concerns of our business owners by adhering to their requests.
We know it will take some time for word to travel therefore we will only be advising those who are found in the aforementioned locations to relocate to the alternative location.
Please be mindful of curfew laws as well. (Editor's note: Click here for previous related article and video)
We have a great town and we aren't particularly interested in chasing young people from one parking lot to the next, especially when more pressing issues take priority.
Let's work together so everyone may enjoy themselves but not at the expense of someone else.
Chief Justin Brown