UPDATE: Arnold Abbott, the 90-year-old homeless advocate who was originally cited for feeding the homeless in this video, has once again been stopped from feeding the homeless and cited by police. Original post:
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 starting up turned into a crush of law enforcement today as four local stalwarts of helping those in need were issued summonses by Fort Lauderdale Police for violating a newly enacted ordinance restricting public food sharing throughout the city.
At least four police cruisers and a half dozen uniformed cops were ready and waiting for Love Thy Neighbor -- not exactly the Clanton Gang -- when the group showed up at its spot adjacent to Stranahan Park as it does every Sunday at 1 p.m. in a white van armed with trays of hot food. The group's 90-year-old founder, Arnold Abbot, previously had announced that the new ordinance would not deter him from sharing food as he's done for the past 23 years.