Apr 28, 2016

Palco Marsh evacuation will result in road closures between May 2 and 6

On March 18, 2016 the City set a date of May 2, 2016 for individuals camping in the Palco
Marsh to leave the area. The City has been working local service providers to coordinate efforts
to assist those camping in the marsh to obtain temporary housing, bus tickets back to family, or
other services such as treatment options for drug or alcohol abuse. In March of 2016 there were
180 individuals living in the marsh area. As of today, 113 individuals remain illegally camped in
the area from Palco Marsh north to West Del Norte Street.
Beginning on May 2nd through at least May 6th 2016, the waterfront greenbelt areas
between Truesdale and West Del Norte Streets west of Broadway will be completely closed
to all pedestrian bicycle, or vehicle traffic. This closure is due to the planned police
enforcement and property maintenance operation being conducted during that period.
Unauthorized person(s) entering this police operational area will be subject to arrest upon entry.
Any illegal campers still remaining in the Palco Marsh area will be subject to arrest. All
entrances to the area will be monitored and entry restricted.
All remaining illegal campers in the marsh are urged to seek services or temporary housing from
one of the many service options. A service fair will be held on Friday, April 29th from 9 am until
Noon at the parking lot behind the Bayshore Mall. An additional special fair will be held at the
foot of West Del Norte Street on May 2, 2016 from 8 am until 5 pm.
Camping in any City park or greenbelt is prohibited. Anyone who notices camping in a City
greenbelt or park should contact the Eureka Police Department. EPD and City staff will respond
to calls for camping within the City of Eureka as time allows.

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