West Palm Beach bans feeding
Despite an hours-long parade of people who urged city commissioners not to ban homeless feeding programs from two downtown parks, West Palm Beach did it anyway.
of homeless at downtown parks
Commissioners voted 3-2 in favor of an ordinance that barring programs to feed the homeless at the two parks.
Some of those of spoke against the ordinance argued that a new law was not needed to prevent criminal activity. "There are certainly adequate state penal laws on the books," said Alan Clapsaddle, pastor of the Westgate Tabernacle, which shelters the homeless. "Let them use these laws rather than taking good behavior and making that against the law."
Jordan Hunt of Food Not Bombs, an organization that shares food with the homeless, said the homeless should not be segregated.
"The homeless are part of the general public and just as entitled to use the park as anyone else," he said. "There has to be open communication and the understanding that the group feedings are not the problem. Homelessness is the problem."
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