Published: May 24, 2011 11:28 PM EDT
Updated: May 24, 2011 10:44 PM EDT

NORTH FORT MYERS, Fla. - Parents at day care center are upset over a growing homeless problem in their neighborhood.

A camp site has been set up by homeless people a few feet from where children play at Betheny Lutheran Church. The house of worship is located off Evergreen Road and U.S. 41.

"Sometimes I see a couple of them smoking cigarettes or drinking a can beer, then I get them out. I don't want them here. Not by the school," said parishioner Earl Zastrow.  

Pastor Leroy Martin has tried to find the group a place to stay. He says everytime the group shows up deputies are called out and they leave. A few days later the homeless people show up again.

Parents who leave their children at the school are worried about their kids' safety.

"I have nothing against homeless people, but I don't know they should be this close to a school," added John Mallory.

Deputies are now patrolling the area.