Aurora, Colorado Mayor Coffman proposes a camping ban

Mayor Mike Coffman is again looking to enforce a camping ban after declaring in January that he was working to better understand the implications.

AURORA, Colorado – Aurora Mayor Mike Coffman announced Monday that he would propose a camping ban for the city.

Coffman said the ordinance banning camping in the city of Aurora is already in place and will be rolled out on Thursday, May 20.

However, he said he wanted to work with prosecutors to make sure it was in line with the guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) established at the start of the pandemic.

> Above video from January: Coffman says Aurora won’t push the camping ban for the time being.

“I also want to ensure that the proposed camping ban meets the conditions set out in court rulings that challenged and upheld camping bans,” added Coffman.

Proposed camping ban ordinance for the city of Aurora is due to be introduced on Thursday

I will be introducing an ordinance on Thursday banning camping in the city of Aurora. The proposal has already been drawn up, but I would like to work with our prosecutor to ensure that … (1/3)

– Mayor Mike Coffman (@AuroraMayorMike) May 17, 2021

That the proposed camping ban is in line with CDC guidelines that were introduced at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic and are still in force. (2/3)

– Mayor Mike Coffman (@AuroraMayorMike) May 17, 2021

PREVIOUS: Coffman Says Aurora won’t push camping ban for now

In January, Coffman said he has suspended every step towards a camping ban in Aurora until he can better understand the implications of such a ban.

Coffman said at the time that Denver “has a ban on camping and has a significant storage problem, while Aurora has no ban on camping and only has a modest problem.”

“I think the question I have to answer is whether or not a camping ban actually exacerbates the problem because there are so many requirements a camping ban has to meet in order to survive a legal challenge,” he said in the tweet .

Starting in late December, Coffman spent a week undercover as a homeless person, a decision some local leaders criticized as a publicity stunt. Coffman lived on the streets of Denver and Aurora, posing as a homeless man with no money or food.

Afterward, Coffman said he hoped the experience would help him better understand the homelessness issue before a scheduled meeting with other local leaders.

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