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Tampa City Council relaxes rules on serving food to homeless

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The Tampa City Council is altering regulations on public feedings in city parks, two months after the arrest of seven Food Not Bombs members, which created national headlines. The new ordinance allows groups to offer food without having to get a permit or insurance for feedings that attract fewer than 50 people. Councilman Frank Reddick voted with his colleagues to support the proposal but said he worried that the ordinance could create a situation where Tampa Police officers will be spending time…

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Andrew Warren dismisses trespassing charges against Food Not Bomb members

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Ten days after the Tampa Police Department’s arrested seven members of Food Not Bombs for attempting to feed the homeless without a permit in Lykes Gaslight Square, newly-elected State Attorney Andrew Warren has summarily dismissed the charges against all seven members of the group. “My mission is to make our community safer while promoting justice and fairness for everyone,” Warren said in a statement released mid-afternoon on Tuesday. “Prosecuting people for charitable work does not further that mission and is an inefficient use…

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Tampa City Council to discuss amending ordinance on public feeding of the homeless

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Five days after the arrest of seven members of the group Food Not Bombs for feeding the homeless in Gaslight Park without a permit, the Tampa City Council agreed Thursday to hold a workshop to discuss the possibility of amending its current ordinance on the issue. “What if we create Sunday as the one day where they can come in – and not just Food Not Bombs (but) a church or another non profit – to set up some tables, feed some…

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