Tuesday, January 09, 2007

St. Augustine bans panhandling

St. Augustine City Commission unanimously voted to ban panhandlers in popular tourist areas of downtown, and police will be assigned to the area to enforce it.

The ordinance takes effect in 10 days, and Mayor Joe Boles emphasized there will be an education and warning process before it's enforced.

If a person is caught panhandling, police can issue a $100 citation. If the person does not pay the fine, it can become a $500 penalty and punishable up to 60 days in the St. Johns County jail.

Read the St. Augustine Record article here.


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