BROWARD AND PALM BEACH COUNTY BOTH BAN PANHANDLING

by Lyssa Goldberg Jun 2015 Broward And Palm Beach Counties Both Just Banned Panhandling June 24, 2015 — Both Broward and Palm Beach counties approved bans on panhandling Tuesday. In Broward, commissioners unanimously voted to ban vendors and solicitors from 20 of Broward’s busiest intersections. The ban prohibits begging for money, selling items like flowers and newspapers, and even soliciting for charitable donations. In fact, the only hand-to-hand exchanges that can still occur on the street would involve a police officer issuing a traffic citation to a driver. The Broward ordinance states that the county’s aim is to “protect the personal safety … of people using Broward County roadways, both pedestrians and motorists alike.” Meanwhile, solicitors have said they think the county is targeting the homeless community. “I believe they are trying to get the homeless population off the streets,” Gary Richardson, who begs for money at State Road 84Read More

ACLU OF PALM BEACH MAY SEEK LEGAL ACTION TO STOP PANHANDLING BAN

Panhandler and cup in one of America’s richest counties BY CHRIS JOSEPH Earlier this week, Palm Beach County commissioners passed a panhandling ordinance making it illegal for someone to solicit for money or donations from a driver while on a county road. Which means anyone found panhandling will be fined $500 and maybe even see some jail time. But the American Civil Liberties Union of Palm Beach is planning to meet to discuss if any legal action should be taken to put a stop to the ordinance. The ACLU has filed lawsuits over similar ordinances in other states in recent years. In 2013, the ACLU of Michigan sent letters to 84 municipalities across the state notifying them that antibegging ordinances are unconstitutional and should be repealed. In 2014, the ACLU took legal action and filed a lawsuit to block a similar ordinance from being passed in Colorado. Since panhandling isRead More