Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Meals for the homeless
banned at Lake Eola

Despite dozens of people who spoke against it, Orlando city commissioners voted 5-2 for a new ordinance that restricts feeding the homeless in downtown parks.

The city will provide another location -- but it's the same place where five homeless people have been beaten. Last month, one of them died. See previous post here.

Commissioners Robert Stuart, who runs the homeless shelter Christian Service Center, and Sam Ings, a retired police officer, voted against the measure. Stuart said the city is taking a step to "criminalize good-hearted people" who are trying to help, adding the ordinance says, "Orlando doesn't care." Ings said that, while the ordinance was being cast as a public-safety issue, he thinks it's more about covering up the city's homeless problem.

Read the Orlando Sentinel story here.

And see previous posts here, here, here, here and here.

A Spider's Web in Thornton Park says he's never been more embarrassed to be a resident of Orlando than he is today. Read
more here.

Meanwhile in Las Vegas: The Las Vegas City Council has passed an ordinance that bans providing food or meals to the indigent for free or a nominal fee in parks. Read more here.


At 6:02 PM, Anonymous Andrea said...

I'm writing a paper concerning the local ban on feeding the homeless in Orange County. I'm having trouble finding the policy number in order to research it .. any ideas? I'm sorry to be a random person asking you for help! Thanks for the consideration.

Andrea K.


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