In what came down to an all-nighter, Fort Lauderdale commissioners voted to approve a new ordinance that sets restrictions on how churches and groups can feed the city's homeless. Commissioners met on Tuesday and went well into Wednesday morning, ending their meeting at 3:30 a.m. after having hear ... More >>
Fort Lauderdale city commissioners will be voting tonight on the proposed ordinance that could cripple groups that distribute food to the city's homeless. The crux of the ordinance deals with applying rules on food handling, providing toilet facilities and hand-washing areas, and requirements on h ... More >>
Fort Lauderdale city commissioners might be on the verge of passing even more stringent laws against the homeless in the city. On Tuesday night, the City Council met to discuss a new ordinance that would limit homeless people being fed by churches or in parks. Although the meeting never went beyo ... More >>
Tonight, Fort Lauderdale city commissioners will vote on two ordinances: one which that would ban camping downtown, and another that would ban panhandling in many city locations. This past spring, the city passed an ordinance that allows police to confiscate homeless people's belongings, and anoth ... More >>
Fort Lauderdale city leaders are meeting Wednesday to look over the possibility of implementing new laws homeless that will put an end to panhandling, sleeping in public places, and even the removal of park benches in some areas. Specifically, the focus will be on camping laws, and looking to preve ... More >>
Fort Lauderdale is set to pass ordinances that would make an already difficult life for the city's homeless even more so. During a public workshop in January, it was announced that the city planned to pass ordinances that would effectively ban groups from sharing food with the homeless and make it ... More >>
Despite the warm weather, Florida is one of the worst places to be homeless in the country. Almost every year, the state gets ragged on by the National Coalition for the Homeless for being one of the "meanest" in the union. Cities like Miami, Sarasota, Pensacola, and St. Pete have been specifically ... More >>
On the way to the beach two Fridays ago, I witnessed a Florida Highway Patrol officer interacting with a homeless man near the ramp to get on and off I-95 in Boynton Beach. As the officer drove away, I pulled over into a nearby parking lot, sought out the homeless man, and asked him to share his s ... More >>
A couple months ago, Fort Lauderdale Mayor Jack Seiler was on the radio one fine Saturday, after spending the morning on his hands and knees along with local volunteers planting gardens of tropical foliage in Stranahan Park. With Seiler's record of trying to get the homeless to disband from the park ... More >>
The new ordinance banning "aggressive panhandling" city-wide and regular panhandling in specific places has been finalized and is set to kick in Wednesday; it's 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, park ... More >>
Officials in Fort Lauderdale apparently think the city needs signs and ads urging onlookers to stop feeding loose change to begging beasts homeless people.On Tuesday, the city approved a $26,350 campaign to plaster the slogan "Panhandling: Don't Contribute to the Problem. Contribute to ... More >>
Happy new year! You may remember one of the more original social phenomena of 2011. It was called "the Occupy movement." A couple of guys got together and put out a call through Adbusters magazine for disenfranchised folks to sit around and draw attention to the highfalutin few who systematically ... More >>
Last week, as we were talking to Fort Lauderdale Mayor Jack Seiler about sea turtles, we were also finishing up this week's cover story, Food Fight. The story chronicles the ongoing struggle of Food Not Bombs to pass out free food and attract attention to its political message.So, as the mayor wa ... More >>
via the Houston Press/ Daniel Kramer Billy Temple and his prized possession, his daughter's graduation photo.The New Times Broward-Palm Beach wasn't the only paper in our chain to publish a cover story about homelessness this week. John Nova Lomax at the Houston Press wrote a featu ... More >>
Stranahan ParkHave you walked through Stranahan Park lately -- or ever? It's a nice place. But with throngs of homeless people living there, it's also a reminder that Broward County has a significant problem: About a quarter of the 3,225 homeless people in the county did not have a bed at a shelt ... More >>
It seems SoFla is taking a page from the Rudy Giuliani playbook, trying every which way to get homeless people off of our streets and out of our sight. To that end, three initiatives have been proposed in three cities in recent weeks.Two weeks ago, Palm Beach County unveiled a plan to dissuade d ... More >>
Flickr: 71sbeetleIt's advertised as a way to deal with a city's homeless problem in the most humane way possible -- give 'em one-way tickets out of town. But that's only if the progressives in cities like New York aren't reading headlines like we've got down here, about Florida leading the nation ... More >>
Flickr user: April A. TaylorThanks for the helping hand, Bloomberg.Mayor Michael Bloomberg's administration has devised an ingenious way to cut down on the number of homeless families in New York City shelters: Handing out one-way tickets to leave town. And what's one of the most popular destinat ... More >>
Judging by the front page story in this week's edition of "The Our Town News", yes. On the direct-mail community newspaper's web site, the article about the city's commissioners and residents disdain for the homeless men and women selling The Homeless Voice is featured next to a story about a ... More >>
The "resident" quoted as "Merle Lynn" in this week's "The Our Town News" story about how residents and commissioners want homeless people out of Coral Springs is an employee of that community newspaper. Her name is Merle Rosenberg and she works in classified advertising. Her quote about the homeless ... More >>
I didn't think anyone could do more to help the homeless people of Broward than New Times -- our boxes are frequently used to store blankets and the pages of the "print product" can both warm someone and serve as a feces receptacle, among other applications. But as it turns out, there a few people j ... More >>
Not enough, say some who are learning to fend for themselves
The Key West Citizen has an exhaustively reported story today by Chris Tittel about a weird murder that's got Pulp splattered all over it. Hard-luck factory worker Johnny Ray Holt in Alabama robs girlfriend's parents' house, drives down to Key West, kills a man in his house and steals his car. The k ... More >>
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A minister and a rabbi team up to sue Palm Beach County on behalf of the homeless
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A stoned driver killed Christina Van Huffel in his Mercedes. The mental-health system let her die.
A new program intended to solve the scourge of panhandling replaces spare change with a "Can of Help." Sort of.
Fur's flyin' at the Herald and online
When a do-gooder wants to open a shelter for homeless moms, local gay residents vow to raise hell
Getting rid of those folks with buckets equals getting rid of one of the county's better homeless-assistance programs.
All the managers of Cooperative Feeding wanted was a home. They found the property. Then Broward County officials stepped in.
No fast-food drive-thrus
Many of the homeless are substance abusers who've spent most of their lives on the streets. And no new county system will change that.
The owners wanted to open a fun store in downtown Fort Lauderdale. After three burglaries in a month, the novelty wore off.
Broward's ballyhooed new homeless shelter won't clear the streets of all vagrants. But the police might.