Another area of downtown La Crosse is being declared off-limits for camping.
The city Board of Public Works voted Monday at its weekly meeting to ban camping at 100 Cass Street, which is the Courtyard by Marriott hotel.
During the meeting, Courtyard general manager Bradley Heuser told city leaders that guests and workers have been approached by people camping near the hotel.
“They come up into our parking lot and they harass our guests,” Heuser said. “They defecate under the bridge in public view. We have a pool area that overlooks the bridge, big glass windows. I’ve had families, I’ve had to talk to parents and explain to them why their children are seeing people ‘drop trow’ right in front of them.”
Mayor Mitch Reynolds said the city does not permit people to camp under the bridges. The city’s lease with the Marriott covering the Cass Street property runs for another 20 years.
Board member Rebecca Schwarz said efforts to keep the homeless from gathering on different city-owned spaces isn’t ending homelessness.
Also, city council member Chris Woodard told the board “I think we’ve had enough, the whole city has had enough” of the homeless problem.
A month ago the board banned camping near the Pump House Regional Arts Center and the La Crosse Center.