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City of St. Pete passes panhandling ban, drawing scorn of St. Petersburg Times

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After listening to four hours of sometimes heart-wrenching public testimony, the St. Petersburg City Council passed a comprehensive ban on panhandling and solicitation, despite warnings from legal representatives of the St. Petersburg Times that such a ban would eventually be ruled unconstitutional. Reporter Michael Van Sickler described the public hearing this way: The testimony highlighted an economic divide in the city between those worried about declining property values and those worried about where they would find this month’s rent money. Neighborhood…

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