Ocala cracks down on panhandlingOcala has taken a hard-line approach to panhandling by eliminating all street transactions through a new ordinance.
The city's prior law was similar to a Marion County ordinance, which is being challenged in federal court. The county has beeen barred from enforcing it.
The Marion County ordinance requires panhandlers to obtain a license to beg and prohibits begging on roads and near interstate ramps.
Ocala's prior law required panhandlers to apply for an occupational license, which cost $100.
The new city ordinance does not prohibit charitable drives, protesting, panhandling, or begging on the sidewalk or on private property so long as it does not interfere with traffic.
Read the Ocala Star-Banner report here.