Lee County passes ordinance that would ban panhandlers from medians
LEE COUNTY, Fla. – Lee County commissioners unanimously passed an ordinance Tuesday that would keep panhandlers and pedestrians from standing in medians.
The county said this ordinance is not intended to be targeted towards panhandlers and applies to anyone standing in the median of a roadway.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said fatal pedestrian accidents in Lee County are up 150% making it the 11th deadliest area for pedestrians in the nation.
That’s why some see this move as a step in the right and safer direction.
The ordinance was opened to a public hearing Tuesday where four public speakers voiced their opinions including a woman who said her “camp” panhandles to buy things for health like tampons and medicine.
According to the County Attorney’s office, the ordinance will go into effect as soon as it is filed with the Office of the Secretary of the Florida Department of State which must be filed within 10 days of passing.
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