No tickets issued in first three months of new panhandling ordin - Fox29 WFLX TV, West Palm Beach, FL-news & weather

No tickets issued in first three months of new panhandling ordinance

  • Fox 29 Daily HeadlinesMore>>

  • Trump talks tougher, now says he warned Putin on meddling

    Trump talks tougher, now says he warned Putin on meddling

    Wednesday, July 18 2018 12:31 AM EDT2018-07-18 04:31:41 GMT
    Thursday, July 19 2018 1:22 AM EDT2018-07-19 05:22:31 GMT
    (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik). President Donald Trump speaks to members of the media as he meets with members of Congress in the Cabinet Room of the White House, Tuesday, July 17, 2018, in Washington. Trump says he meant the opposite when he said in Helsink...(AP Photo/Andrew Harnik). President Donald Trump speaks to members of the media as he meets with members of Congress in the Cabinet Room of the White House, Tuesday, July 17, 2018, in Washington. Trump says he meant the opposite when he said in Helsink...

    Rebuked as never before by his own party, including a stern pushback from usually reserved Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, the U.S. president sought to end 27 hours of recrimination by delivering a rare admission of error.

    More >>

    Rebuked as never before by his own party, including a stern pushback from usually reserved Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, the U.S. president sought to end 27 hours of recrimination by delivering a rare admission of error.

    More >>
  • Marriott hotels eliminating plastic straws by 2019

    Marriott hotels eliminating plastic straws by 2019

    Wednesday, July 18 2018 12:25 AM EDT2018-07-18 04:25:22 GMT
    Wednesday, July 18 2018 10:47 AM EDT2018-07-18 14:47:09 GMT
    The world's largest hotel company said the move will eliminate approximately 1 billion straws and 250 million stirrers by July 2019. (Source: Pixabay, File)The world's largest hotel company said the move will eliminate approximately 1 billion straws and 250 million stirrers by July 2019. (Source: Pixabay, File)

    The world's largest hotel company said the move will eliminate approximately 1 billion straws and 250 million stirrers by July 2019.

    More >>

    The world's largest hotel company said the move will eliminate approximately 1 billion straws and 250 million stirrers by July 2019.

    More >>
  • Amazon's Prime Day runs into early snags

    Amazon's Prime Day runs into early snags

    Monday, July 16 2018 3:25 AM EDT2018-07-16 07:25:22 GMT
    Tuesday, July 17 2018 9:41 AM EDT2018-07-17 13:41:58 GMT
    (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File). FILE- In this Aug. 3, 2017, file photo, Myrtice Harris applies tape to a package before shipment at an Amazon fulfillment center in Baltimore. Amazon's Prime Day starts July 16, 2018, and will be six hours longer than...(AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File). FILE- In this Aug. 3, 2017, file photo, Myrtice Harris applies tape to a package before shipment at an Amazon fulfillment center in Baltimore. Amazon's Prime Day starts July 16, 2018, and will be six hours longer than...

    This year's sales event, which starts Monday afternoon, will be six hours longer than last year's and will launch new products.

    More >>

    This year's sales event, which starts Monday afternoon, will be six hours longer than last year's and will launch new products.

    More >>

BOCA RATON, Fla. - A law limiting panhandling in Palm Beach County has been in the books for three months. But records show deputies haven't issued one ticket.

Meanwhile, it's not hard to see panhandlers on medians and exit ramps; places prohibited under the new rules. 

Donnie is one of those panhandlers. He's made the streets his home for 11 years.

"Some of these people hate you, others want to help," he explains from West Boca Raton, where he typically roams.

Almost every day, he grabs his sign and asks people for money. He admits he'll spend some of it on booze, but he says the rest goes to food.

Donnie says he's had deputies come up to him recently. They explain the new law to him, but they haven't made him stop panhandling yet.

"We're not quite sure what's going on yet," Donnie explains.

The sheriff's office says it is educating panhandlers and deputies about the new rules.

It's giving out warnings now. It does not have a certain date when it will start handing out tickets, or arresting violators, like the ordinance dictates.

That has some people frustrated.

"I would like to see some action, but it doesn't surprise me," says Bernie Shapiro.

He sees panhandlers near his work at State Road 7 and Glades Road. He says keeping them off the street is a safety and quality of life issue. 

"I just find it annoying. I feel bad for them, but I find it annoying," he explains.

Donnie says even when the law is enforced, he'll be out there. The law does allow people to stand on the sidewalk as they ask for money.

"If I have to eat and buy my beer, I will do that. I'm going to survive no matter which way it takes," Donnie says.

Vice Mayor Mary Lou Berger spearheaded this ordinance. She says she's not disappointed there hasn't been a ticket issued so far. Saying she trusts the sheriff's office to start enforcing the law when it's appropriate. 

Copyright 2015 Scripps Media, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Powered by Frankly

1100 Banyan Blvd.
West Palm Beach, FL 33401

FCC Public File
EEO Report
Closed Captioning

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2018 Raycom Media. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.