- Published on Nov 6, 2014
A 90-year-old war veteran says he will continue breaking the law by feeding homeless in public places in the city of Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He was arrested earlier for defying a city ordinance that restricts such charity to protect local businesses.
- 90-Year-Old Florida Man Faces Jail Time, $500 Fine For Feeding Homeless!
by Eleanor Goldberg, http://www.huffingtonpost.com/
A Florida city was quick to show how serious it is about its new homeless feeding ban by making an example out of a 90-year-old advocate who’s been helping the hungry for two decades.
Despite heated protests, Fort Lauderdale passed an ordinance early on Oct. 22, restricting charitable groups from doling out meals to homeless people in public, the Sun Sentinel reported. The city wasted no time implementing the law. On Sunday police cited two Christian ministers and volunteer Arnold Abbot, 90, who runs the advocacy group, Love The Neighbor, Local 10 News reported.
The three served less than a handful of the 300 meals they prepared before the police run in, according to the Sentinel.
They each now face 60 days in jail and $500 fines.
“These are the poorest of the poor, they have nothing, they don’t have a roof over their heads,” Abbott, who plans on suing the city, told Local 10 News. “How do you turn them away?”
The new rules, billed as “public health and safety measures,” limit outdoor feeding programs to one per city block and must be set up at least 500 feet away from residential properties. Organizers are also required to bring portable toilets for workers, according to the Sentinel.