Homeless encampment finally cleared from Daytona Beach surf shop’s parking lot

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — A business owner said it couldn’t get any help forcing a homeless encampment out of its parking lot.


On Wednesday, the whole corner was filled with clothes, toiletries and even needles.

Channel 9 started making calls to the city and police and everything was cleared up late Wednesday afternoon.

“It’s a full-on house,” said Max Miller, the store’s general manager. “I guess they could set up a mailbox and start getting mail there if they wanted.”

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He said despite several complaints to the city and police, the situation was getting worse.

“There’s always trash and people out there, debris, needles, human waste and everything, so it’s just become a problem,” Miller said. “We try to clean it up every day, but it’s gotten to a point where we can’t clean it up every day.”

Daytona Beach police said there have been 46 incidents at the surf shop in the past 15 months, ranging from standard officer patrols where trespass warnings were handed out, to calls for service and noise complaints coming from the parking lot.

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Channel 9 spent the day working to get answers from the city and police to help Miller’s business.

Stacy Cantu answered. Around 3 p.m., officers came out and cleaned up the encampment, and a Public Works trailer was filled with the belongings.

Police also said they promise to do a better job at patrolling the area.

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Adam Poulisse, WFTV.com

Adam Poulisse joined WFTV in November 2019.