The Occupy Wall Street movement has made it to Cleveland County. Taking up camp in Norman’s Andrew’s Park, sympathizers of the Occupy Wall Street movement said they will occupy Andrew’s Park for two weeks. Pitching tents and overtaking the two sand-rock pavilions in front of the at one time wading pool, the occupiers wish to make a statement. To read about that statement in the Norman Transcript click here.
Occupy Wall Street goes from Wall Street to Main Street
The Occupy Wall Street sympathizers have taken up residence at Andrew’s Park with several tents and a large sign stating their goals and protest. An associate with That’s Just Bob called the city of Norman and asked how much it cost to rent a pavilion at a Norman Park. He reported that the City of Norman parks and recreation representative told him that the cost was $25.00 for two hours and you are responsible for cleaning. He asked what would happen if they stayed longer? She replied that if someone had it booked after you that you would be required to leave but it was pretty much an honor system on how long you use it. When asked if a person or group can camp out over night, the bureaucrat at the park and recreation department stated that according to city ordinance overnight stays in public parks are prohibited.
Then why are these protesters being allowed to camp out in our public park and use taxpayer supported electricity for the last few days? That’s Just Bob called a city Councilman and ask why the city ordinance had not be enforced. He stated that he has had many phone calls about this issue and he spoke with the City Manager Steve Lewis about the Occupy Wall Street protesters. Mr Lewis told him that the Occupy Wall Street protesters came to the city and informed them about their intentions to Occupy Andrew’s Park for no more than two weeks and that they wanted to work with the Fire Marshal and the city to allow them to camp out.
Should Occupy Wall Street Protesters Be Treated Differently?
Oklahoma City has been battling with Occupy Wall Street protesters in Kerr Park for months now. A protester attorney from California has been all over OKC in their objection to allow overnight stays and the continued occupation of Kerr Park. It is believed that Norman does not want to take the chance of legal actions against the city. Is this right? If the city is going to suspend enforcing this ordinance against the overnight stays by the Occupy Wall Street protesters then how can they enforce other city ordinances?
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