Dozens of angry -- and hopeful -- people gathered at Fort Lauderdale City Hall on Monday night to talk about the homeless. Not only did Commissioner Dean Trantalis acknowledge that the commission had acted too hastily in passing a law that severely restricts feeding the homeless but he called for ... More >>
Aaron Jackson, a CNN Hero and president of the nonprofit Planting Peace, is starting a crowd-funding campaign to open a food truck outside City Hall -- essentially giving a delicious middle finger to Fort Lauderdale's controversial homeless food-sharing regulations. This isn't just another food tru ... More >>
The story of Arnold Abbott, the 90-year old World War II veteran and civil rights advocate known as "Chef Arnold" has turned into a global phenomenon. Abbott, who was cited numerous times by the City of Fort Lauderdale for feeding homeless people at outdoor sites, has caught the attention on a cer ... More >>
Although the issue of sharing food with the homeless is viral right now, when the TV news station vans drive off, the city's businesses in downtown will still be there. Some-business owners like Robin Merrill from the Upper Room Art Gallery are taking their support for the new food sharing regulati ... More >>
Fort Lauderdale is one of the most vibrant and dynamic cities in the world. It's the Venice of America. It's the yachting capital of the world. It's eco-friendly. Unfortunately, all those accolades don't always extend to its opinions. This is a city that has a thriving downtown vibe and is known fo ... More >>
As reported earlier by New Times, a midmorning protest went on as scheduled outside of the home of Fort Lauderdale Mayor Jack Seiler on Wednesday. About 60 homeless advocates and some homeless people carried signs and chanted outside the home while mounted police guarded Seiler's driveway. The prot ... More >>
Arnold Abbott, the 90-year-old homeless advocate cited twice for feeding the homeless in Fort Lauderdale, met with Fort Lauderdale Mayor Jack Seiler on the WPLG program This Week in South Florida Sunday morning for a friendly debate over the city's homeless ordinance. Abbott has made headlines arou ... More >>
Underneath a beautiful photo of seashells on the beach with a sunrise-splattered ocean in the background, angry comments are spewed all over the "Visit Fort Lauderdale" Facebook page. "Feel free to add my name to the rapidly growing list of those who will not visit due to your Mayor arresting the g ... More >>
Activists Stopped From Feeding the Homeless in Fort Lauderdale from Voice Media Group on Vimeo.Ninety-year-old Arnold Abbott may have grabbed international attention last week when he defied a new ordinance designed to restrict the feeding of homeless people, but other activist groups are just warmi ... More >>
Stephen Colbert kicked off Thursday night's episode of the Colbert Report by diving headlong into the recent reports of 90-year-old homeless advocate Arnold Abbott being cited twice by Fort Lauderdale Police for feeding the homeless in violation of the city's new restrictions on the practice. The s ... More >>
Ninety-year-old homeless advocate hero Arnold Abbott has quickly gained a lot of attention this week after being cited twice for feeding the homeless. He's gone from local news story to the lead story on the Colbert Report and making national headlines. Now the folks over at PETA want to get in on ... More >>
Arnold Abbott, the 90-year-old homeless advocate who was issued a citation earlier this week for feeding the homeless without adhering to new rules that would require him to obtain a permit and provide portable toilets, was cited again Wednesday night for the same reason. Abbott, who has been feedi ... More >>
Across South Florida cities are beefing up their statutes against the homeless. As Fort Lauderdale begins enforcing its restrictions on public feedings, now Lake Worth has jumped in with its own new law against panhandling. Despite the obviously questions about the legality of such a law, the Palm B ... More >>
Arnold Abbott, the 90-year-old homeless advocate who was arrested earlier this week for feeding the homeless, is planning on returning to his old spot in Fort Lauderdale to continue breaking the law by feeding the hungry. Abbott, along with three others, was arrested Sunday by Fort Lauderdale Polic ... More >>
A 90-Year-Old and Two Reverends Cited for Feeding the Homeless in Fort Lauderdale from Voice Media Group on Vimeo. Jeff Weinberger is a longtime advocate for the homeless in South Florida. What began in Fort Lauderdale nine months ago with the soft if ominous whir of a legislative steamroller star ... More >>
Stefan KamphAbbott serves food to the hungryWhen we were reporting last week's cover story on Food Not Bombs, one name came up again and again as the man who had started the slow avalanche of legal decisions that made Fort Lauderdale think long and hard about its efforts to prevent large-scale me ... More >>
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