Daytona Beach commissioners ban panhandling in business area

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By: Associated Press
February 7, 2019

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- A popular Florida beach town is banning panhandling in most of its business district.

City commissioners in Daytona Beach on Wednesday passed a set of rules banning panhandling within 20 feet of an entrance or exit of commercially zoned property, a bus stop or a public transportation facility and the boardwalk.

It also bans panhandling by approaching people in vehicles or soliciting people at outdoor restaurants.

Violators can be fined $200 or arrested for more aggressive behavior.

The Daytona Beach News-Journal reports that officers were hitting the streets immediately to enforce the new rules.

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