Downtown owners frustrated

Survey respondents focus on 3 to 5 people


Gordon Weeks

A woman makes breakfast Wednesday morning next to trash cans near The Saints' Pantry food bank in downtown Shelton. Mason Public Health conducted a survey of downtown business owners to gauge their experiences with homeless people, and ask suggestions.

Some downtown Shelton business owners say street people are urinating and defecating outside their shops, leaving trash, stealing and sleeping in their doorways.

Businesses in a two-block radius of Post Office Park are seeing the most negative aspects. But most of the business owners say it's only a few individuals causing the trouble, with an average of three to five homeless people causing them problems during a month.

Those are some of the takeaways from a survey Mason County Public Health conducted of 15 downtown businesses in January and February, and then created a survey through surv...

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