Thursday, September 29, 2011

Delray Beach: From sparse beginnings, a century of progress - The Coastal Star

Interesting recollection of the beginnings of Delray Beach. Their Centennial is this year as Delray - it became Delray Beach later. Click title for link.

I thought this was funny. This provision was included in Delray's early Code of Ordinances. It, of course, has long since been removed.  What would happen to our Commission if we enacted a similar provision today?

“Sec. 9 — All rogues and vagabonds; idle and dissolute persons, tramps who go about begging; persons who use juggling or unlawful games or plays; common pipers or fiddlers; stubborn children; runaways; common drunkards; common night-walkers; pilferers; thieves; lewd, wanton and lascivious persons, in speech or behavior; common railers or brawlers; persons who neglect their calling or employment, or have not visible means of support, or who misspend what they earn, or do not provide for themselves or families; and all other idle or disorderly persons... shall be considered vagrants, and upon conviction of vagrancy, shall be punished by a fine not exceeding fifty dollars or imprisonment not exceeding thirty days, or both.”