MIAMI (AP) — The city of Miami will get a hearing to prove it needs to modify an agreement that gave the homeless some life-sustaining rights that others don't have.
U.S. District Judge Federico A. Moreno on Wednesday granted the city a hearing to make its case regarding the 15-year-old agreement that gave the homeless the right light fires in parks and sleep on sidewalks among other things.
The Miami Herald (http://hrld.us/1dqEDOx ) reports the city says modifications are needed because there have been significant changes to downtown since the so-called Pottinger settlement in 1998.
Attorneys for the American Civil Liberties Union argued during an Oct. 23 hearing that the changes don't make living in Miami any easier for the 500 or so homeless.
Moreno says a hearing will likely be scheduled in December.
Information from: The Miami Herald, http://www.herald.com