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Fort Lauderdale May Limit Homeless' Ability To Urinate In Public
wlrn.org ^ | 4/15/14 | Wilson Sayre

Posted on 04/16/2014 1:30:13 PM PDT by SoFloFreeper

How does a city strike a balance between the needs of the homeless and the needs of those around them? Those questions will be put to the Fort Lauderdale City Commission as they consider two provisions on the agenda at Tuesday’s commission meeting.

At the beginning of this year, the Fort Lauderdale City commission sat down to discuss how the city could address the issue of homelessness better.

Out of that came ideas about ways to protect non-homeless residents’ quality of life. One of the ordinances up for consideration would prevent homeless people from urinating or defecating in public. The other would crack down on the homeless leaving bags and other items unattended around town.

Similar prohibitions were sought in Miami, but a 1998 court settlement prevented the city from encroaching on so-called “life sustaining” acts. Those include urinating in public and sleeping on the sidewalk.

Fort Lauderdale is not bound by that settlement.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: Florida
KEYWORDS: homelessaddicts; obamanomics; pee; poo; publicdefecation; publicurination
Update: The Fort Lauderdale City Commission unanimously passed both ordinances on first reading. The second reading will most likely be scheduled for the next commission meeting on May, 6.
1 posted on 04/16/2014 1:30:13 PM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: SoFloFreeper
What?

Are they going to make them sit down first?

2 posted on 04/16/2014 1:31:31 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: SoFloFreeper

Are they going to establish a roving band of folks who will supervise these homeless folks?


3 posted on 04/16/2014 1:32:34 PM PDT by rjsimmon (The Tree of Liberty Thirsts)
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To: SoFloFreeper

Finally, a job Joe Biden is qualified to do.


4 posted on 04/16/2014 1:32:52 PM PDT by Zathras
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To: SoFloFreeper

Mr. Poo to the rescue!


5 posted on 04/16/2014 1:35:21 PM PDT by WayneS (Help Control Politician Overpopulation - Spay or Neuter Your Senator or Congressman Today!)
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To: SoFloFreeper

Doesn’t Ft. Lauderdale already have a law against urinating and/or defecating in public?


6 posted on 04/16/2014 1:35:58 PM PDT by WayneS (Help Control Politician Overpopulation - Spay or Neuter Your Senator or Congressman Today!)
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To: WayneS

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3145177/posts


7 posted on 04/16/2014 1:36:56 PM PDT by WayneS (Help Control Politician Overpopulation - Spay or Neuter Your Senator or Congressman Today!)
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To: SoFloFreeper

PAGING UNICEF!.....PAGING UNICEF!..............PLEASE PICK UP ON THE BROWN COURTESY PHONE...........................


8 posted on 04/16/2014 1:38:26 PM PDT by Red Badger (LIberal is an oxymoron......................)
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To: WayneS

It’s hard to be shocked anymore, isn’t it?

I sure would have thought it was already illegal to do #1 and #2 in public.

I think it all goes back to the notion that people have a constitutional right to be homeless and do anything in the streets or in public parks, or anywhere else.

Haven’t there been court cases in which judges have said homelessness is a civil right? I thought that laws against vagrancy can’t be enforced anymore?

anyone with more knowledge please let us know. But once you have said homelessness is okay, you get more of it, and you then have to deal with other related issues, such as calls of nature of people who have no place to go.


9 posted on 04/16/2014 1:40:54 PM PDT by Dilbert San Diego (Im)
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To: WayneS

Wouldn’t that be Mr. Pee-Pee? Note to UNICEF...


10 posted on 04/16/2014 1:41:44 PM PDT by LostInBayport (When there are more people riding in the cart than there are pulling it, the cart stops moving...)
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To: Paladin2

Nah, just make `em use a tree... it simultaneously will cut the watering fees for the trees.


11 posted on 04/16/2014 1:44:02 PM PDT by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: LostInBayport

I’ve already emailed them. They’re working on a new mascot even as I type this.


12 posted on 04/16/2014 1:44:06 PM PDT by WayneS (Help Control Politician Overpopulation - Spay or Neuter Your Senator or Congressman Today!)
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To: SoFloFreeper

I don’t understand what the end result of a law like this is. Sure, you don’t want the homeless urinating in public, but they are homeless and the last time I checked, you can’t stop yourself from urinating. So are the police going to arrest the homeless and put them in jail? Fine them? I don’t see the point.


13 posted on 04/16/2014 1:46:06 PM PDT by Opinionated Blowhard ("When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.")
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To: Opinionated Blowhard

Perhaps, the city is planning to place portapotties out for the homeless. ??? Otherwise, how can you legislate a bodily function?


14 posted on 04/16/2014 1:47:26 PM PDT by tioga
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To: Opinionated Blowhard

They could Bobbet them...


15 posted on 04/16/2014 1:48:37 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: SoFloFreeper

It’s not just a problem for the homeless. The last time I was in Virginia Beach there was just one, ONE public restroom. Every business had a sign saying “restrooms are for customers only.”


16 posted on 04/16/2014 2:00:46 PM PDT by R. Scott (Humanity i love you because when you're hard up you pawn your Intelligence to buy a drink)
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To: SoFloFreeper
Urinating and defecating in public = pokey.
Repeated offenders = more time in pokey, with counseling.

Won't do any good. Those folks, mostly men, have GIVEN UP and are under the thumb of Satan via alcohol and/or drugs.

It's up to them to change their lives. I personally believe that it's never too late to change.

17 posted on 04/16/2014 2:04:38 PM PDT by cloudmountain
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To: SoFloFreeper
"When ya gotta go, you gotta go"

FMCDH(BITS)

18 posted on 04/16/2014 2:24:26 PM PDT by nothingnew (I fear for my Republic due to marxist influence in our government. Open eyes/see)
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To: Dilbert San Diego

Apparently there’s a difference between what’s illegal and what’s done. How can they possibly “limit” anyone’s “ability” to urinate?

Are there pills for that? Or?

Maybe they should buy an old junked cruise ship, pile on the homeless and send them out to sea.


19 posted on 04/16/2014 2:33:24 PM PDT by Veto! (OpInions freely dispensed as advice)
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To: SoFloFreeper

What are you gonna do?

Ticket them? Give them 3 hots and a cot in jail?

The homeless are already at rock bottom and there’s not a damn thing that would punish them.


20 posted on 04/16/2014 2:45:28 PM PDT by varyouga
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To: WayneS

“Doesn’t Ft. Lauderdale already have a law against urinating and/or defecating in public?”

Ummm...you know that this is in Florida, right?


21 posted on 04/16/2014 3:19:31 PM PDT by The Antiyuppie ("When small men cast long shadows, then it is very late in the day.")
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To: The Antiyuppie

I got arrested for peeing at the beach between two parked cars. And I’m not homeless.


22 posted on 04/16/2014 4:04:07 PM PDT by bicyclerepair (The zombies here elected alcee hastings. TERM LIMITS ... TERM LIMITS)
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To: Dilbert San Diego

They have ruined the downtown area in our city, too. They gather in groups and follow business people at lunch, harrassing them for money.

Still, the chamber of commerce types want to throw taxpayer dollars at building apartments and lofts to lure people to downtown living. Not happening.


23 posted on 04/16/2014 4:34:35 PM PDT by Pining_4_TX (All those who were appointed to eternal life believed. Acts 13:48)
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