Marion County's panhandling ordinance
Marion County's panhandling ordinance is an unconstitutional violation of the First Amendment right to expression and the 14th Amendment right of equal protection, asserts a federal lawsuit.
challenged in federal court
The ordinance requires panhandlers to get a license -- but the county has never issued a panhandling license.
Applicants for a panhandling license must pay a $100 fee* and provide a permanent address, including any homeless shelter they may frequent, the location where they plan to panhandle or beg, and the hours during which they plan to do it. No one who has committed a felony or misdemeanor involving "moral turpitude" or who has violated the panhandling ordinance within the last year can get a license.
All panhandling is prohibited within 500 feet of an I-75 ramp.
Read the Ocala Star-Banner article here.
* If you had $100, would you need to panhandle for a few bucks for food?