Panhandling becomes an issue in Tampa electionsMayoral 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.