DeLand passes ordinance regulating panhandlingA new ordinance prohibiting panhandling at night — between the hours of 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. — anywhere in the city of DeLand takes effect immediately.
One may not panhandle on downtown streets and sidewalks at any time, except during special events, in the daytime.
Aggressive panhandling is outlawed at any time.
The ordinance came in response to concerns of Downtown merchants who reported some of their customers were being frightened away by panhandlers, and some of their staff were being endangered by the more aggressive beggars.
Read the West Volusia Beacon report here.