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<a href="http://www.orlandosentinel.com/orl-homeless0507apr05,0,2363606.story" target="_blank">http://www.orlandosentinel.com/orl-h...,2363606.story</a><br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
<div class="quote-block"><br><b>Arrest is first under homeless-feeding law<br><br></b><br><br>
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Posted April 5, 2007<br><br><br><br><br><br>
A long-simmering dispute between homeless advocates and Orlando officials intensified Wednesday with the arrest of an activist feeding transients in Lake Eola Park downtown.<br><br><br><br>
Eric Montanez, 21, is the first to be arrested under the city's controversial ordinance that bars feeding large groups of people in downtown parks without a special permit.<br><br><br><br>
The rule was approved last summer after residents and businesses in Orlando's gentrifying downtown complained that parks were being used as soup kitchens.<br><br><br><br>
The arrest enraged volunteers, who said it was proof that the city cares little for its neediest residents.<br><br><br><br>
"Police are arresting people for feeding the homeless," local ACLU President George Crossley said. "This has been a truly disgusting day."</div>
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What was the supposed purpose/benefit of this law?
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/no.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":no:"> They had undercover officers filming the food line and they took some of the soup as evidence? wtf.<br><br><br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
<div class="quote-block">"Police are arresting people for feeding the homeless," local ACLU President George Crossley said. "This has been a truly disgusting day."</div>
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Very. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/thumbsdown.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":down:">
 

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What on earth? There is a law against feeding the homeless? How ridiculous. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/no.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":no:">
 

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Thanks for posting this, Joe. I was going to after I heard about it on the CBC <a href="http://cbc.ca/asithappens/media/dailyshow/2007-04-06-aih1.ram" target="_blank">http://cbc.ca/asithappens/media/dail...04-06-aih1.ram</a><br><br>
Interesting interview. The guy pointed out the irony of it being during the Holy week.<br><br><br><br>
I can see some benefits of requiring a permit, such as requiring compliance with health and safety regulations. It said they could only get two permits per year. Probably people don't like all homeless people out in the open where people want to be able to walk around blissfully unaware.<br><br><br><br>
Cleveland FNB feeds people at our public square, and it's never been an issue, although our public square isn't exactly a community congregation point.<br><br><br><br>
I don't doubt that Orlando being a tourist city has a lot to do with it.
 

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zactly. We're supposed to believe that in the land of Disney, there are no social problems...
 

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But what are the cops spozed to do, stand back and watch him break the law? Its a stupid law, but if you need a special permit to feed the homeless then thats what you have to apply for. If you dont bother to get a permit and you dont pass the attitude test by throwing your ID at them when they ask you for it, then they're going to get annoyed and arrest you.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>IamJen</strong> <a href="/forum/post/0"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/thumbsdown.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":down:"><br><br><br><br>
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Keeping the "riff raff" out of public parks?<br><br><br><br>
Aren't the poor a "dis-amenity"? Don't they usually spoil the aesthetics for everyone else?
 

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Note the "Orlando" connection between this thread and<br><br><br><br><a href="http://www.veggieboards.com/boards/showthread.php?t=70248" target="_blank">http://www.veggieboards.com/boards/s...ad.php?t=70248</a><br><br><br><br>
the beat and kill the homeless thread.
 

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Same type of law was passed in Las Vegas last summer but it was thrown out by a Federal Judge.<br><br><br><br><a href="http://www.lasvegassun.com/sunbin/stories/nevada/2006/nov/20/112010007.html" target="_blank">http://www.lasvegassun.com/sunbin/st...112010007.html</a>
 

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Sheesh. This sounds like the "Don't heal people on the Sabbath" that the Gospels record the Pharisees telling Jesus after he healed a blind man on a Saturday.<br><br><br><br>
Like Thalia, I could see some benefits to licensing if the city were interested in protecting the homeless from seedy characters who are out to poison them, but this is way different.<br><br><br><br>
This is even worse than Atlanta shipping its homeless to Columbus during the Olympics several years ago. (I don't have a source on that other than the word of someone who runs a homeless shelter in Columbus.) That man told me Atlanta sent them to Columbus because Columbus has a reputation of taking good care of its homeless people. At least there is that small benefit for the homeless people involved.
 

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If the city took half the time and money they spend into making stupid laws and enforcing them, they could probably have a pretty nice soup themselves.
 
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