Fighting panhandlers elsewhere

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It looks like Comm. Gene Valentino was ahead of other communities in dealing with panhandlers. The St. Pete Times reports that the city of St. Petersburg is considering ordinances on the issue.


Neighbors vs. Panhandlers – “It’s pervasive across our entire community,” said a neighborhood leader. An advocate’s response: “To criminalize those who are the least fortunate is a crime in its own right.”

One panhandler has high-powered defense