Appeals court sides with Orlando on food ban

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) --
A federal appellate court is siding with the city of Orlando in its fight against activists who feed the homeless in a public park.

The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday the laws were
reasonable and constitutional, overturning a lower court judge's

The case stemmed from an ordinance requiring permits to feed 25
or more people and restricting the number allowed in a given park.

Orlando commissioners argued the regular practice of serving
transients in a downtown park with swan boat rides created safety
and sanitary problems.

The groups Orlando Food Not Bombs and First Vagabonds Church of
God claimed the rules violated their ability to spread the message
that having food is a basic right, and breaking bread is part of

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