Saturday, January 08, 2011

Panhandling becomes an issue in Tampa elections

Mayoral candidate Bob Buckhorn says if elected one of his first actions would be to submit a proposed panhandling ban to the city council for approval.

“While I am sympathetic to the needy, we cannot allow this to continue any longer,” he said in a statement on his campaign website. “Panhandling at any intersection puts the driver, the passengers and the needy person in harm’s way.”

Candidate and city council chairman Tom Scott opposes a complete ban but says he is working his own proposal to identify roadways where solicitation might be prohibited during peak hours.

Read the Tampa Tribune report here.


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