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Panhandling could be costly in Chiefland

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By C.L. Watson, Citizen Correspondent

Panhandling within the city limits of Chiefland could end up costing the panhandler money.

Ordinance 18-02 to prohibit aggressive solicitation was introduced at the March 26 meeting with the first reading winning a unanimous vote by city commissioners. The ordinance is not limited to persons scouring parking lots asking for a financial handout. The ordinance further defines aggressive solicitation as approaching or speaking to a person and solicit, or attempt to solicit, in such manner the person feels an imminent threat. Peddlers of merchandise, offers of employment and donations for charitable groups could be in violation of the proposed ordinance if the panhandler acts aggressively. The ordinance carries a maximum fine of $500 and or imprisonment for violators. The ordinance must pass a second reading April 9 before it is enforceable.


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