St. Pete Council Passes Street Solicitation Ban
After listening to more than four hours of public testimony, the City Council unanimously voted Thursday night to ban street solicitation on the busiest streets.
The move pleased neighborhood leaders worried about panhandlers, but most certainly will spark a lawsuit by newspapers, who use street hawkers, and the Muscular Dystrophy Association, which raises money in an annual street fundraising campaign.
Council members said the bans on street vending and charity fundraising were “collateral damage,” but were necessary in a move they said was demanded by the general population looking for ways to limit a surge in panhandling. To read more click here.