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Tent city residents could face fines for burning wood

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NEW JERSEY (MYFOXNY.COM) -

Homeless people who have set up a makeshift tent city near the Jersey Shore could face fines from police if they burn wood to stay warm this winter.

Lakewood Township ordinances ban burning wood outdoors and township police vow to start handing out tickets next week, although the amount of the fine remained unclear, according to APP.

The encampment in Ocean County houses about 100 people and has been the subject of a documentary called "Destiny's Bridge."

There has been a continuing legal battle between the township of Lakewood and the tent city because the neighborhood is set up on public property.  Lakewood Township wants the campers off of the land.

Minister Steve Brigham organized the encampment and says residents are not using taxpayer money, they simply cannot afford housing on their own.

Lakewood is not the only community that has a tent city, there are others in Camden, Toms River, Union City, Hoboken, Browns Mills and other localities.

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