Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Bob Buckhorn signs Tampa panhandling ban, which takes effect Nov. 1

TAMPA — Mayor Bob Buckhorn on Friday signed what he described as three "long overdue" ordinances to end begging on city streets six days a week.

The ban takes effect Nov. 1, though police say they will spend a week educating people and documenting their contacts with panhandlers so they know who has received a warning.

Violations are considered a misdemeanor punishable by up to 60 days in jail or a $500 fine.

"It's been a long time coming," Buckhorn said. "Panhandling had gotten out of control. Our medians had turned into the equivalent of Gilligan's Island and it was time for it to stop."

Tampa's new rules prohibit most roadside solicitations six days a week.

Newspaper hawkers can work medians every day, and panhandling and charity drives will be allowed on Sundays.

But Tampa's 10 most crash-prone intersections will remain off limits to all sales and solicitations seven days a week.

Officials say people will be responsible for knowing where those intersections are, but City Attorney Jim Shimberg Jr. said police will be conscious of the fact that the intersections on the list tend to change as the list is updated daily.

"To the extent that there's a change, the police are going to work with people and give them a warning, but make sure they leave," Shimberg said.

To see the list, go to the Police Department's website: tampagov.net/dept_Police/information_resources, then click on "High Traffic Crash Locations."

Bob Buckhorn signs Tampa panhandling ban, which takes effect Nov. 1 10/21/11 [Last modified: Friday, October 21, 2011 11:09pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Study: Tampa Bay a top market for homebuyers on the move

    Real Estate

    The Tampa Bay area is among the top markets for homebuyers who are likely to move in the next few months, ATTOM Data Solutions says.

    The Tampa Bay area is among the top markets for homebuyers who are likely to move in the next few months, a survey found.
[Associated Press file photo]
  2. Tampa lawyer Fred Ridley to be new chairman of Augusta National, Masters' home (w/ video)

    Golf

    AUGUSTA, Ga. — Fred Ridley first came to Augusta National to compete in the 1976 Masters as the U.S. Amateur champion, and he played the opening round in the traditional pairing with the defending champion, Jack Nicklaus.

  3. Rays send down Chase Whitley, Andrew Kittredge; add Chih-Wei Hu, acitvate Alex Cobb

    Blogs

    After having to cover more than five innings following a short start by Austin Pruitt, the Rays shuffled their bullpen following Wednesday's game, sending down RHPs Chase Whitley and Andrew Kittredge,

    The Kittredge move was expected, as he was summoned to add depth to the pen Wednesday in advance of RHP Alex …

  4. MLB commissioner Rob Manfred moves closer to wanting a decision on Rays stadium

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred called Wednesday for urgency from Tampa Bay area government leaders to prioritize and move quicker on plans for a new Rays stadium.

    MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred talks with reporters at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017.
  5. Six home runs doom Rays in loss to Blue Jays (w/video)

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — A curve that didn't bounce was the difference Wednesday as the Rays lost 7-6 to the Blue Jays in front of 8,264, the smallest Tropicana field crowd since Sept. 5, 2006.

    Tampa Bay Rays shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria (11) greets center fielder Kevin Kiermaier (39) at the plate after his two run home run in the third inning of the game between the Toronto Blue Jays and the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017.