MARTIN COUNTY, Fla. — As the cost of living pushes more and more people out of their homes, the Martin County Sheriff's Office now has a new problem — "floating communities."
WPTV reported Friday how derelict vessels are increasing in and around the St. Lucie River, as those who can't afford a house or apartment are choosing to live on abandoned, or broken-down, boats instead.
Now, it's an issue on land too.
Deputies said they are seeing numerous RVs pop up in county parks that are serving as an alternative to traditional homes for those who are no longer able to afford them.
"These are people trying to find a place to park and sleep overnight and going out to work during the day," Martin County Sheriff's Office Sgt. Joseph Angelico said. "They just don't have a roof over their head, they're really trying. These are people we wouldn't have intercepted in the past, but with the economics, the way they are, the high cost of rent, we’re seeing a lot more."
While Angelico and the sheriff's office feel for those needing a roof over their heads. It has been causing issues with RVs taking up public parking and startling parkgoers.
The sheriff's office said the department is now working with partner agencies to better provide housing.