Skip to comments.Fort Lauderdale May Limit Homeless' Ability To Urinate In Public
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 Tuesdays 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.
Are they going to make them sit down first?
Are they going to establish a roving band of folks who will supervise these homeless folks?
Finally, a job Joe Biden is qualified to do.
Mr. Poo to the rescue!
Doesn’t Ft. Lauderdale already have a law against urinating and/or defecating in public?
PAGING UNICEF!.....PAGING UNICEF!..............PLEASE PICK UP ON THE BROWN COURTESY PHONE...........................
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.
Wouldn’t that be Mr. Pee-Pee? Note to UNICEF...
Nah, just make `em use a tree... it simultaneously will cut the watering fees for the trees.
I’ve already emailed them. They’re working on a new mascot even as I type this.
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.
Perhaps, the city is planning to place portapotties out for the homeless. ??? Otherwise, how can you legislate a bodily function?
They could Bobbet them...
Its 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.
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.
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.
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.
“Doesnt Ft. Lauderdale already have a law against urinating and/or defecating in public?”
Ummm...you know that this is in Florida, right?
I got arrested for peeing at the beach between two parked cars. And I’m not homeless.
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.