Sean’s Outpost Faces Special Hearing Tomorrow Over Satoshi Forest

Bitcoin is a powerful tool for charitable organizations all over the world, due to its simplicity, reduced fees, and global appeal. Sean’s Outpost is one of the longest standing charitable organizations accepting Bitcoin payments, and their homeless shelter is facing a lot of backlash from the local government. It is not the first time the Satoshi Forest is a topic of debate, unfortunately.

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Local Officials Have An Issue With Sean’s Outpost

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Sean’s Outpost started the Satoshi Forest homeless shelter initiative back in 2013, and it is located in West Pensacola’s Mayfair neighborhood. At the time of publication, 15 people were camping on this 9 acres of land, and this project by Sean’s Outpost gives the less fortunate a temporary place to stay until they can get back on their feet.

Although some people might argue there are other homeless shelters in the world that might provide a better solution, most of the local community workers are well aware of the Satoshi Forest and Sean’s Outpost. It is invaluable to have such an alternative solution for the less fortunate, and the fact that anyone can make a financial contribution to Sena’s Outpost with Bitcoin is an added bonus for digital currency enthusiasts.

Although the Satoshi Forest is privately owned, and zoned for camping, it is not a permitted campground. Working together with the Escambia County to obtain the necessary permits have been a struggle for the Sean’s Outpost founders. However, without the proper permission, Satoshi Forest can not continue under its current form.

On March 10th of this year, Escambia County officials issued a cease-and-desist notice to Sean’s Outpost for their Satoshi Forest project, and a special magistrate hearing has been set for tomorrow. Under the current law, no one can stay on these camping grounds for more than 14 days per year, which would force the owners to either let people stay there for consecutive days, or pick different days throughout the year when tents are to be allowed.

But the local officials are not the only concern for Sean’s Outpost, as surrounding neighborhood residents are not too happy about the Satoshi Forest project either. No one is arguing the majority of people residing on the premises need help, but they do question whether or not these efforts should be located in the middle of a neighborhood.

Source: PNJ

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