Wednesday, March 02, 2011

Hillsborough expands panhandling ban to state roads

It's about to get a bit tougher to panhandle in unincorporated parts of Hillsborough County.

Commissioners expanded an existing panhandling ban to prohibit begging for money or selling products such as newspapers from the sides and medians of all roadways.

Previously the ban extended only to county roads, though sheriff's deputies often cited those soliciting on state roads with trespassing with the support of the Florida Department of Transportation.

So, effectively, the 6-1 vote makes it easier for deputies to figure out how to cite offenders without having to figure out what kind of road they're on.

People who violate the ban are subject to fines of up to $500 and up to 60 days in jail.

Read the St. Petersburg Times report here.


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