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A judge with a heart has ordered the City of Ft. Lauderdale to stop arresting people for feeding the homeless.
Circuit Court Judge Thomas Lynch issued his ruling after the city pursued charges against 91-year-old Arnold Abbott, a retired jeweler who has been feeding the homeless at the beach for twenty-three years. Mr. Abbott, a World War II vet, has been arrested at least three times since October 31, when the city passed an ordinance restricting where outdoor feeding sites can be located, requiring the permission of property owners, and demanding groups distributing food provide portable toilets.
“We would prefer to enforce our municipal ordinances, but whether the judge was trying to take a little steam off the kettle, whether the judge was trying to give a little period of quiet during the holidays, I’m not sure what was the logic behind his decision.”
Having laws against helping those that are hungry is the most inhumane thing a society can have.
Commissioner Sharief complained about what she called the “media hype” over the city's new homeless laws, insisting the city still allows the distribution of food - just through institutions that can do it without affecting the quality of life in the city.
The mayor did say the city will abide by the judge's order and he hoped Mr. Arnold would too:
“We’ve been trying to find some amicable resolution. We hope that Mr. Abbott meets us half way. We’ve asked him to meet us half way in the past.”
I know they are not animals. I see many homeless every day. I give them money on occasion. On other occassions I offer to buy them a meal (which offer has been turned down on at least one occassion). I also see what they leave behind.
Phage we all see your point but these poor people are HUMAN BEING's not animal's
There are such a thing as homeless shelters. Guess what? A lot of homeless don't like them because of the rules. Rules like no drinking or drugs. Rules like curfews.
So why not provide social housing for them away from the beach as in the long run that too would be far cheaper.