Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Fort Myers rejects
homeless feeding ordinance

Church and civic groups can continue feeding the homeless in Fort Myers' parks — at least for now.

Fort Myers City Council members scrapped a proposed ordinance that would have restricted food-sharing in public parks. Instead, they'll wait six months to vote again, giving lawyer Grant Alley time to present a more precise — and less litigious — policy.

Alley said he was bombarded by lawyers and advocates for the homeless who challenged the language in the proposed ordinance. He has invited them to help him rework the policy. At the same time, Alley said he's working with religious organizations that had protested the policy because it banned free assembly and worship.

Read the Fort Myers News-Press article here. And see previous posts here and here.


At 10:32 PM, Anonymous Homeless said...

Fort Meyers is thinking first about tourism dollars and turning a blind eye to the homeless population. By their efforts to stop the feeding, they think the homeless can be pushed into someone elses backyard. Bad idea. Glad it failed.

At 11:57 AM, Anonymous anon said...

Hi Jackie...

As an advocate of the homeless, I invite you take a look at the post "Under the Bridge" at Smashed Frog.

Any thoughts would be welcomed.


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