A 90-year-old Florida senior named Arnold Abbott was allegedly charged twice this week for feeding the homeless people in Fort Lauderdale, FL.
Abbott, along with two local pastors were charged with violating the city’s new ordinance that effectively bans giving out food in public without providing the proper facilities (mainly portable restrooms).
The new regulation was designed to reduce large public gatherings of the homeless, discourage the cycle of homelessness, and ensure that only clean and safe food is being distributed to the homeless.
From the mayor of Fort Lauderdale, Jack Seiler…
“I’m not satisfied with having a cycle of homeless in city of Fort Lauderdale…Providing them with a meal and keeping them in that cycle on the street is not productive.”
The law does however allow for organized feedings of the homeless, according to Fort Lauderdale Police Department Det. DeAnna Greenlaw:
“if a minister, priest or member of clergy wishes to provide food to the homeless at their establishment (I.e community hall, church or gathering place) they can do so if the proper facilities, as listed in the ordinance, are in place.”
Abbott, who runs a group called Love Thy Neighbor and has been providing food to the homeless for over 20 years, is honorably not satisfied with the new regulations.
But after protesting the regulations twice by not providing the proper facilities during an organized feeding, Abbot now faces a fine of at least $500 and/or up to 60 days in jail for breaking the newly enforced law.
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