In preparing Newport’s tourism season, Newport Police and city work crews spent most of the day Wednesday cleaning out homeless campsites from Jump Off Joe south to near the Yaquina Bay Bridge.
In a recent report to the Newport City Council, Police Chief Jason Malloy told the council that much of the up-bluff areas immediately along the beach, from Yaquina Bay State Park to beyond Jump Off Joe, were filled with homeless camps that have left hundreds if not thousands of pounds of trash and discarded personal effects and remnants of make-do shelters. Chief Malloy and the council want visitors to discover and enjoy everything Newport has to offer – without encountering heaps of trash along the base of the bluffs.
But, as it usually goes, once the clean up is complete, the homeless gradually re-settle the area among the thick beach forest and heavy brush. Meanwhile, the ranks of the homeless continue to grow.