Shootings. Death. College professors spewing out conspiracy theories. People masturbating in coffee shops. There just aren't ever enough good things to report 'round here. UNTIL NOW.
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 >>
Here's what's going on in your South Florida neighborhood this morning:1. Three escaped Louisiana convicts who were arrested in Miami are being accused of kidnapping 29-year-old Vincent Binder, a Jupiter High School graduate. Apparently Binder approached them asking to buy marijuana at a gas stat ... 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
Living like a pauper himself, a young man from Broward is trying to save Haiti's children
When you're down and out in West Palm, a free ticket to New York can mean just being homeless in another city
The homeless population is skyrocketing, but you'd never know it by reading the dailies
Match and set
Sean Cononie has revolutionized SoFla homeless care. So why are the bureaucrats snubbing him?
A minister and a rabbi team up to sue Palm Beach County on behalf of the homeless
Allen Reesor's friends-and-family program has other homeless-services professionals crying foul
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
Develop heart problems and a fondness for drink. Have your trailer condemned and hit the street. Nothing to it.
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 Throw-the-Billionaire-a-Bone Memorial
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.