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Homeless man forces question: Is Hillsborough County anti-panhandling ordinance working?

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A homeless man arrested at least 7 times since 2011 for panhandling stirs up the question of whether Hillsborough County panhandling ordinances are truly effective. Hillsborough County increased the limits of its panhandling ordinance to include all public roads in 2011. Previously, it only stretched to county roads. This meant homeless could no longer hold up signs asking for money or goods off roadways anywhere in the county. The goal of the new ordinance was to get people off the…

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Editorial roundup: Times looks at state, Trib stays local

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As per usual – two papers, two different themes. Tuesday’s editorial roundup in the Times vs. the Trib shows one paper’s focus on local issues and the other’s on state. The Tampa Bay Times, in and editorial published Monday, issued an ambiguous applaud/scolding to state leaders over the Charlotte’s Web medical marijuana law. On one hand, the Times’ editorial board praises the fact that “a noneuphoric strain of medical marijuana could make its way into the marketplace.” That’s because a…

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Take an in-depth look (actually, a listen) at St. Pete’s panhandling ban

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The inestimable Jackie Dowd writes: If you’re asking for donations for charity, selling a Sunday newspaper or just looking for a few bucks for yourself, you can’t do it anymore along the major roads in St. Petersburg. The city has enacted a ban on all kinds of transactions along busy roads in an effort to keep drivers and panhandlers safe. Meet some of the people you see on the roadside and find out why the St. Petersburg ordinance already has…

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Take an in-depth look (actually, a listen) at St. Pete’s panhandling ban

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The inestimable Jackie Dowd writes: If you’re asking for donations for charity, selling a Sunday newspaper or just looking for a few bucks for yourself, you can’t do it anymore along the major roads in St. Petersburg. The city has enacted a ban on all kinds of transactions along busy roads in an effort to keep drivers and panhandlers safe. Meet some of the people you see on the roadside and find out why the St. Petersburg ordinance already has…

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5 things I think about today’s St. Petersburg Times

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I enjoyed a dirty martini at St. Pete Brasserie late last night and had the opportunity to speak with George Rahdert, the St. Petersburg Times lawyer on 1st Amendment issues.  Talking about the City of St. Petersburg ban on street-side solicitations, I told him, “Give ’em hell, George!” Well, reading today’s Declaration of War by Times Publishing Co. on the City of St. Petersburg, Hell may seem like a pleasant alternative to where this case will end up. As I’ve said before,…

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5 things I think about today’s St. Petersburg Times

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I enjoyed a dirty martini at St. Pete Brasserie late last night and had the opportunity to speak with George Rahdert, the St. Petersburg Times lawyer on 1st Amendment issues.  Talking about the City of St. Petersburg ban on street-side solicitations, I told him, “Give ’em hell, George!” Well, reading today’s Declaration of War by Times Publishing Co. on the City of St. Petersburg, Hell may seem like a pleasant alternative to where this case will end up. As I’ve said before,…

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Times editorial slams candidates, Deveron Gibbons, in particular, on ‘pandering on panhandling’

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You just knew the Times was setting Deveron Gibbons up on this story. Fortunately for Gibbons, his strong stance against panhandling will resonate with voters, even if it erased whatever hope he had of earning the Times‘ recommendation. Here is an excerpt from the Times editorial: “St. Petersburg’s mayoral race has degenerated into a contest to see who can be more punitive toward panhandlers. Candidates are jockeying to out-tough one another, with Deveron Gibbons telling voters recently he would “guarantee”…

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