Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Jacksonville homeless-feeding lawsuit
goes back to court

A lawsuit over whether Jacksonville can regulate feeding the homeless appears headed back to court despite a settlement reached in May.

As part of the settlement, the city agreed to exempt religious activities from a city permit system for controlling food distribution. But the new ordinance hasn't been passed yet.

Over the weekend, a lawyer for Michael Herkov, a University of North Florida professor and member of the Christian Homeless Ministry, filed papers to reopen the suit he started in federal court in February.

"My understanding is that there were elements of the City Council that did not want the homeless being fed in their area, with a permit, without a permit, or for religious reasons," said Herkov's lawyer, Scott Fortune.

Read the Florida Times-Union article here. And see previous posts here and here.


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