Fort Lauderdale Panhandling Ban to Kick In Wednesday
The new ordinance banning "aggressive panhandling" citywide and regular panhandling in specific places has been finalized and is set to take effect on Wednesday, at which time you will no longer be able to ask for money in bus stations, buses, city-owned garages, parking lots and parks, or within 15 feet of sidewalk cafes, businesses, ATMS, and parking meters.
"It's a Band-Aid, nothing more," said Laura Hansen, CEO of the Coalition to End Homelessness. "The problem is all of our shelters are full every single night... There's no place for us to put homeless people, and in addition to that most of our homeless clients don't qualify for the shelter available."
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