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Safety concerns prompt removal of public benches at OS Library

Safety concerns prompt removal of public benches at Ocean Springs library (Photo Source: WLOX) Safety concerns prompt removal of public benches at Ocean Springs library (Photo Source: WLOX)
OCEAN SPRINGS, MS (WLOX) - Public benches outside the Ocean Springs Library have been removed because of problems with the homeless and loitering. Library manager Yvonne Parton says her primary concern is the safety of library patrons. 

More than once in the past, library visitors have been escorted to their cars because of concerns with people loitering near the entrance. The benches, Parton says, were a nice addition, but the overriding concern must be the safety and comfort of patrons.

With the benches gone, some people have been sitting on the large piece of public artwork at the library entrance.

Parton stressed that "everyone is welcome at the library."

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