Meals for the homeless
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.
banned at Lake Eola
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
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.