Monday, February 11, 2008

Ocala cracks down on panhandling

Ocala 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.


At 12:30 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


I didn't realize that any city or township had the clout - or the gaul - to require a person to obtain a permit prior to exercising a freedom guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution's First Amendment.

What's next? A permisson slip from the city before a person can do something nice for someone else?

- michael -

At 12:29 PM, Blogger Jacqueline Dowd said...

I guess I come to this from a different perspective ... after all, I live in a city where it is illegal to share food with too many hungry or homeless people.

Thanks for reading, Michael. I've added your blog to the blogroll.

At 9:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

After re-reading the article in the Ocala Star-Banner, I must admit that it does make sense, from a safety stand point, to prohibit anyone from soliciting "in" the street. Prohibiting everyone from that activity is indeed the fairest way - although I'm sure that the ordinance is geared primarily toward the local area homeless.

However, I wonder if perhaps the most efficient way of keeping the homeless from panhandling is to reduce the numbers of homeless by developing effective ways of helping the homeless become non-homeless.

The city of Seattle has discovered that they are saving money (over $3 million the past year) by finding stable living environments for their homeless.

They are using a "Housing First" initative program.

- michael -

At 1:38 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

好秘书 中国呼吸网 肿瘤网 中国皮肤网 癌症康复网 工作总结 肺癌 肝癌 胃癌 肾癌 食道癌 直肠癌 结肠癌 胰腺癌 卵巢癌 宫颈癌 乳腺癌 子宫癌 皮肤癌 鼻咽癌 贲门癌 白血病 骨癌 膀胱癌 前列腺癌 甲状腺癌 脑瘤 尿道癌 舌癌 喉癌 牙癌 胆囊癌 胆管癌 外阴癌 阴茎癌 葡萄胎 淋巴瘤 口腔癌 扁桃体癌 睾丸肿瘤 绒毛膜癌 黑色素瘤 癌症 肿瘤 感冒 支气管炎 气管炎 哮喘 肺癌 肺炎 肺结核 打鼾 鼻炎 咳嗽 咽炎 肺心病 肺气肿 鼻窦炎 鼻息肉 扁桃体炎 喉炎 支气管扩张 肺水肿 肺脓肿 肺不张 尘肺病 肺栓塞 鼻咽癌 鼻窦炎 呼吸衰竭 呼吸道感染 呼吸困难 口咽癌 咽部异物 喉癌 喉麻痹 喉头水肿 新生儿窒息 胸腔积液 气胸 胸膜炎 鼻疖 咯血 胸膜癌 急性会厌炎 禽流感 麻疹 风疹 猩红热 百日咳 呼吸机 氧气机 个人工作总结 半年工作总结 年终工作总结 述职报告 秘书


Post a Comment

<< Home