Ron DeSantis doesn’t want ‘Sodom and Gomorrah’ homeless camps
TALLAHASSEE, FLA. 3/7/23-Gov. Ron DeSantis during a news conference, Tuesday at the Capitol in Tallahassee. COLIN HACKLEY PHOTO

Legislation banning public camping needs to have mental health services, the Governor said Thursday.

Florida’s Governor is reinforcing his interest in bills banning homeless people from sleeping in public areas, while offering some guidelines into what he wants to see from the final bill to survive “judicial scrutiny.”

Among those asks: a component that allows the state to help with “mental health” for the unhoused in these local facilities to be included in current bills in the House (HB 1365) and Senate (SB 1630) that would ban sleeping rough and require localities to set up homeless camps with social services.

“You got to have sheltering ability and then if they want to set up some of these sites, it can’t just be some site that is like Sodom and Gomorrah where they’re using drugs and doing all this stuff. It needs to be a situation where help is available,” Ron DeSantis said.

The Governor, who has suggested institutionalization should be brought back, said Thursday that mental health help for the unhoused is “important,” though he doesn’t “think it would be something that most communities would need.”

He then suggested that Florida’s problem with homelessness has gotten worse during his time in office due to in-migration.

“I think there would probably be a handful where we would want to make sure that this thing doesn’t go sideways because I can tell you, I mean, you guys probably know you have people that have moved to Florida in large numbers. We’ve always attracted people, but particularly over the last three or four years,” DeSantis said.

Invoking the homeless problem he has discussed repeatedly in California, DeSantis warned something similar could happen in this state without legislative remedy.

“There’s a danger that this could be something that could explode in one of our cities in Florida,” he said.

Luckily, strike-all amendments to both House and Senate bills make explicit the call for “behavioral health services, which must include substance abuse and mental health treatment resources.” So it seems the Governor is on track with bill sponsors Sen. Jon Martin and Rep. Sam Garrison.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


  • Don't Say FLA

    February 22, 2024 at 12:23 pm

    Rhonda doesn’t want what kind of homeless camps? What the heck is he talking about? Is he trying to be euphemistically cute about syphilis and gonorreah? He might be getting nutty due to all the stress of that national embarrassment and mockery.

    • Tom

      February 22, 2024 at 12:37 pm

      I guess if you make your name slagging off blue states because of their homeless problems, when any fool who lives near a city in Florida knows that we have the same issues here, it’s kind of hard to say anything good about writing legislation to solve a problem we allegedly don’t have without looking like a numpty.

  • PeterH

    February 22, 2024 at 12:41 pm

    With or without community involvement with Florida’s homelessness…. the crisis is growing and poverty and addiction are two of the contributing factors.

  • FLPatriot

    February 22, 2024 at 12:58 pm

    “I mean, you guys probably know you have people that have moved to Florida in large numbers” Thanks to the GOP leading this state.

  • jean solomon

    February 22, 2024 at 1:53 pm

    dear RONNIE..YOU already have SODOM and Gomoroh… your friends, BRIDGET and RON Ziegler have thier own little Sodom going on, so its ok if your buddies are doing ‘it’.???

  • Cyliss Harrington

    February 22, 2024 at 2:11 pm

    Homeless issue?? YES THERE IS … Hey, just an 💡 idea here …. How about doing SOMETHING to LOWER/CAP rent costs …. I’m DISABLED … and ALSO HOMELESS because RENT IS HIGHER THAN MY ENTIRE MONTHLY CHECK …. THAT IS WRONG ….. FIX IT ALREADY

  • MH/Duuuval

    February 22, 2024 at 3:59 pm

    These folks are not who Dee and his followers are referring to when they brag about how many people are moving to Florida.

  • Michael roberts

    February 22, 2024 at 4:53 pm

    Ron needs to get out more we are in vero there are homeless on the street all the way down to Miami,,, what is he talking about ? West Palm and Riviera south the population gets denser
    His biblical references are creepy.

  • Michael K

    February 22, 2024 at 9:02 pm

    Why must Rhonda dehumanize so many people? Did it ever occur to Rhonda and the legislators to speak with people who are homeless and/or food insecure? It’s demeaning to brush it all off to “mental illness” or drugs. Let Rhonda try living in a car or a tent under an overpass, instead of free public housing in a mansion with maids.

  • Faye Driver

    February 23, 2024 at 6:02 am

    I say the law of the land is what is needed.. So live under the law..our Creator is mighty.. My Ron Desantas is the best Governor do what he asks us we the peoples that love our homes here in Florida.. or Yuo could move to another state. Yes Move to another state.. Thats a good idea 💡

    • Incels of floridumb

      February 23, 2024 at 7:16 am

      There isn’t any creator, Peaches, just us and no amount of wishing on sunday can change that.

  • Incels of floridumb

    February 23, 2024 at 7:15 am

    Projecting much?

    Translation: ‘I want Soddom AND Gommorah!’

    • Dont Say FLA

      February 24, 2024 at 5:48 pm

      Oh…. Those salt and pepper shakers?

  • Dale A Arnold

    February 23, 2024 at 9:54 am

    “Now this was the sin of your sister Sodom: She and her daughters were arrogant, overfed and unconcerned; they did not help the poor and needy. They were haughty and did detestable things before me.” EZEKIEL 16:49.
    People keep thinking Sodom sin was sexual it was not! They were Unconcerned for those in need! The Bible literally says it!
    Ron never talks about the skyrocketing remts in Florida which leads to homelessness sooner or later.. Cause he doesn’t what to criticize/ scrutinize the “Free Market”

    • MH/Duuuval

      February 23, 2024 at 9:49 pm

      The verse from Ezekial is accurately reported here, and this is a shoe that fits Dee and his haughty, hypocritical, duplicitous, and overfed MAGAmites.

  • Michael roberts

    February 23, 2024 at 1:50 pm

    you comments are concerning and you spelling and grammar are amusing.

  • Steve Rapp

    February 24, 2024 at 12:57 am

    Rent is too high.
    There are pleanty of people in nice homes that do drugs and have mental health issues.

  • Steve Rapp

    February 24, 2024 at 1:18 am

    Who says just homeless do drugs and have mental health issues. Where is that written?

    • Dont Say FLA

      February 27, 2024 at 8:21 am

      That is written nowhere! Substance abuse and mental issues are vessels to homelessness.

      The homeless weren’t homeless when they started using their substances trying to mitigate their mental health challenges.

      Did you know, the homeless population has the, THE lowest incidence of people getting hooked on drugs and/or alcohol. And it’s because that’s how they got there!

  • Steve Rapp

    February 24, 2024 at 7:59 pm

    Alcohol, substance abuse and mental health issues are more common in the affluent than the homeless.

    • Dont Say FLA

      February 27, 2024 at 8:17 am

      The thing a lot of folks that look down their noses at homeless people is that alcohol, substance abuse and mental health issues in the affluent is where the homeless come from, and homeless is 80% a revolving door population. Relatively few people “choose” homelessness and make no effort to become homed.

  • Michael roberts

    February 25, 2024 at 12:02 pm

    I 100 % agree with Steve about affluent substance abuse. I live in Vero Beach. there is no shortage of homeless people here. I do not hear about or experience any problems. Riviera beach and south it seems to be a more dense population down to Miami. When Ron talks about the homeless I wonder how he can not realize that it is here per capita as any other place.

  • San Franscisco Sidewalk

    February 27, 2024 at 8:14 am

    Where do Florida’s homeless poors poop at?

    Directly Into the mouths of alligators or pythons?

    Or do they sneak into backyards in the middle of the night and poop in swimming pools?

    Do they sit atop open sunroofs to poop? Or maybe in convertibles?

    On the bus? On the train? WHERE?

  • Recall Rhonda

    February 27, 2024 at 8:24 am

    Florida state legislature needs to admit their mistake in exempting DeSantis from Resign to Run. Please allow for a one-time, mistake-reversing recall vote. Claim the R2R exemption was questionably constitutional and that while Florida doesn’t normally allow for recall votes, in this case it’s a constitutional question whether DeSantis should still be Governor, so there will be a one time exception, affording voters a chance to cast a vote that has real power and a real outcome.

    Recall Rhonda. It’s Constitutional. It’s electric.

    • Florida State Legistlature

      February 27, 2024 at 8:31 am

      Ain’t no way! We will enjoy playing with our little Furby for the next three years. We don’t care if “voters” suffer for it.

      This is a solidly red(lined) state, and red(lined) state voters vote out of the fear of others that we work so hard to instill in them.

      They’ll never vote us out for our actions and (mis)representation that are contrary to their interests. They are convinced 100% if they did vote us out, the other guys would seize their guns and then the criminals or immigrants or whoever would come get them and their wives and their children.

      We worked hard to set our Ron Trap. He sprung it on his own foot. Now we have him just like we have the “voters.”

      Now we get our retribution for his first term pansy environmentalist nonsense while also getting everything we ever wanted.

      • Trump Trump Trump

        February 27, 2024 at 8:33 am

        You will get what I say you get. And you will get it only for as long as I say you get it.

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