Residents of a Florida subdivision where the family of missing 3-year-old Caylee Marie Anthony lives have asked a county commission for money to help them quiet protesters and curious onlookers they say are disrupting the peace, reports the Orlando Sentinel. Since Caylee was reported missing in mid-July, her case has received national media attention. Protesters have gathered outside her home to heckle the family. “I will not dignify these miscreants by calling them ‘protesters,’ ” said an attorney for Caylee’s grandparents, Cindy and George Anthony. “They would not know the Constitution if they threw that against their [the Anthony’s] home.”
County Commissioner Tiffany Moore Russell asked the homeowners association to raise its own funds for security. “I sympathize with these folks,” she said. “But it’s tough for me to look at my residents and say we’ll use taxpayer dollars when I can’t do that for my residents who have much bigger crime problems.” The sheriff’s office has responded to 300 calls for service in the neighborhood and is using off-duty officers paid by the county to patrol the community. The Anthonys have gotten into shoving matches with protesters.County staffers offered to help residents enact temporary parking restrictions to quiet the neighborhood.