Police Cracking Down On Homeless, Renegade Vendors On Venice Beach

CBS Los Angeles

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VENICE (CBS) — Growing complaints from business owners and residents along the Venice Beach boardwalk have prompted police to weed out homeless camps and renegade vendors. But the recent crackdown has its critics.

Millions of tourists visit Venice Beach and its ocean-front walk each year.

“Venice Beach is very famous, Hulk Hogan, you know, lifting weights here. Sting — we’re wrestling fans, so yes, it’s the place to go,” said tourist James Markidas.

The Markidas family was visiting from Rochester, New York.

“Walk the boardwalk and see all the artists and the different things that they have,” Lisa Markidas said.

One of the things they have is a beach battle brewing with the city and LAPD started to crack down on the homeless, implementing a midnight-to-5 a.m. curfew, as well as taming what some call vulturous vendors.

“Well the difference now is that the police…

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