Friday, May 19, 2017
Anti-Panhandler Ordinance in Lake Worth
Always when I see one while exiting I-95 at 6th Avenue South, they are on the sidewalk or on the median strip. They slowly walk by as cars are stopped for the red light. It has been said that one-half of the panhandlers are homeless; the other half are just poor. Last month, a federal judge struck down a panhandling ordinance in Lowell, Massachusetts, ruling that panhandlers "may communicate important political or social messages in their appeals for money, explaining their conditions related to veteran status, homelessness, unemployment and disability."
But Lake Worth has an image problem and they are again, cracking down on the homeless and the poor at 5 intersections but not in the downtown. I truly wish they would concentrate on the slum, blight and the crime in our city.
With an initial vote of 5/0, this comes back for the Second Reading on June 6.