Tuesday, April 24, 2018

September 2016: Addressing topic of aggressive homeless people at the Beach and Downtown in City of Lake Worth.

Please note: The two videos below are from September 2016 at a City Commission meeting when the topic of violent and aggressive homeless people was a major one.

An ordinance proposed to control aggressive panhandlers was passed by the City Commission but only after a long process of educating the public, e.g., when the editor(s) at The Palm Beach Post tried to confuse the public that this ordinance was a ‘curfew’, which it was not. To read more about that click on this link.

Then-Commissioner Maier opted not to run for re-election in the March 2017 elections. The District 4 seat is now held by Commissioner Herman Robinson. District 3 Commissioner Andy Amoroso is now Vice Mayor Andy Amoroso; he was unopposed in this year’s March election cycle.

Former Lake Worth Commissioner Ryan Maier:
     “I do not support aggressive panhandling ordinances.
     “I cannot see any definable loss through aggressive panhandling except that it’s maybe annoying.

District 3 Commissioner Andy Amoroso:
     “Aggressive panhandling means somebody that’s literally following someone down the street.
     “It does affect my business, the downtown businesses, City as a whole . . . and it’s the same ones over and over and over.