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Tampa City Council tightens restrictions on homeless listen

07/18/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tampa City Council approved two ordinances Thursday that will tighten restrictions on the city’s homeless population. The decisions make it illegal to panhandle anywhere in downtown and some outlying areas restrict where people can sleep and congregate as well. A handful of homeless individuals, including Corey Williams, pleaded with council members to reject the measures.

“A lot of people automatically assume that if one’s homeless they’re either an alcoholic or a drug addict or ...

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Tampa City Council closes in on tougher panhandling laws decried by homeless advocates listen

06/27/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tampa City Council members took the first step in passing an even tougher panhandling ban than it already has during their meeting Thursday.

Ron Zealand owns Off Site Technology Solutions on North Franklin Street. He said women especially have been accosted by homeless individuals looking for money.

“Some of my employees have concealed weapon permits and they’re using them now because they’re telling me that they’re concerned about their safety in that area.”

One ordinanc...

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New Hope for Homeless

06/26/13 Warren Elly with Homeless Coalition CEO Maria Barcus
Last Call Wednesday
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New Hope for Hillsborough's Homeless?

On the eve of tough new legislation from Tampa City Council to ban panhandling in downtown and YBOR city zones, Maria Barcus, newly hired Homeless Coalition CEO, says putting a roof on people's heads is the first step. She also says that in South Florida laws like Tampa's Panhandle Zones actually led directly to a local one cent tax on meals and rooms to finance solutions. Callers ranged from the sympathetic, to those who say foreclosed houses ought t...

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Tampa City Council weighs options on what more to do about panhandling listen

05/02/13 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Thursday Tampa City Council considered further crackdowns on panhandling.

The discussion was still going on when we went to air.

During public comment in the morning nine people asked council to enact an ordinance putting more limits on when and where people can ask for handouts. Shawn Robinson, president of Hillsborough Community College's Ybor City campus, says panhandlers harass students and faculty.

However, two people opposed additional constraints on panhandling. Jon Dengler wo...

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Publisher Of The Tampa Epoch- A Newspaper Sold By The Homeless

12/27/11 Robert Lorei
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For two months there’s been a ban on panhandling on the streets of Tampa. But many homeless people are still out there — collecting money from passersby. The way they do it? They sell a new newspaper called “Tampa Epoch”.

Even though elected officials in the city banned panhandling, they did not ban street corner newspaper sales. We’re joine...

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Tampa Epoch street paper: giving voice to the homeless

11/04/11 Lisa Marzilli
Last Call Friday
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Today we’re going to talk about the controversial new law that went into effect in Tampa this week and how one local businessman is trying to counter its effect on the homeless. We’re talking of course, about City of Tampa ordinance that now bans panhandling every day but Sunday, with an exception for those distributing political literature or selling newspapers. The law may make the homeless less visible, but what it does not do is offer any ki...

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City Council member Mary Mulhern speaks at Occupy Tampa general assembly listen

10/20/11 Josh Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Last night City Council member Mary Mulhern spoke to about 80 members of Occupy Tampa at the amphitheater near Kiley Gardens. Members of the protest group vented their frustrations, and looked for hope in their quest to express themselves within the law.

The Tampa Police Department has asked Occupy Tampa to leave public parks, sleep only on the sidew...

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Tampa passes partial ban on panhandling listen

10/20/11 Josh Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Today the Tampa City Council passed a partial ban on panhandling on street corners. After the four to one vote, street solicitation is now banned every day but Sunday. Newspaper sales are excluded from the ban. Dozens of members of the public showed up comment on the three controversial panhandling ordinances.

After years of deliberation, Tampa City Council has decided to partially ban panhandling in public right of ways. Former City Council m...

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Occupy Tampa: What are the next steps?

10/19/11 Seán Kinane
Last Call Wednesday
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We've been covering Occupy Tampa since its first demonstration four weeks ago to its 10th night of continuous occupation through Wednesday morning.

Joining us on Last Call and taking calls from listeners is Owen Gaither, a participant in Occupy Tampa.

Here is our full coverage of Occupy Tampa

Here is a document we talked about on the program [The99PercentDeclaration](https://sites.google.com/site/the9...

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Tampa's partial panhandling ban advances toward final vote listen

10/06/11 Josh Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tampa City Council has broken the tense deadlock by passing a partial panhandling ban. Council vice chair Mary Mulhern fought to stop the ban, to no avail.

The proposed panhandling ban has been tied up in a stalemate for several weeks, and finally passed a first reading this morning with a 6 to 1 vote. Council chair Charlie Miranda has been recovering from health issues, and missed the previous vote. He was preparing to phone in his vote today, but Mulhern took advantage of her position as...

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