‘Too Dangerous’ Homeless Camp Forces Women’s Professional Golf Movement
Imagine a scenario where a homeless camp has encroached – not only on private property – but on the parking lot of the Southern Trace or East Ridge Country Clubs in Shreveport.
Well that’s the current situation in Portland, Oregon where a camp of hundreds of homeless has spilled over from the area bordering the exclusive Columbia Edgewater Country Club onto the golf course, including the club parking lot.
And due to the reluctance of city leaders to act, the Ladies Professional Golf Association’s Cambia Portland Classic will have to be moved to another location.
“A large homeless camp now surrounds the parking lot that almost everyone who comes to the event uses, and tournament organizers have found it necessary to relocate the event for health and safety reasons.”
And perhaps the most frustrated is Ken Smith, president of the exclusive club, who explained to the members what they already know. That the area is more and more dangerous. From Yahoo News:
“The reason for their departure centers around the City of Portland’s response to safety and security around the city,” Smith wrote. city safety and chose to find a location outside of the city limits. “
Meanwhile, Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler, perhaps the government’s most vocal advocate for homeless rights, has publicly applauded the LPGA’s decision to move the tournament to another court.
The Portland Classic will take place in mid-September. The four-day tournament has a total purse of $ 1.4 million.