South Florida Man Says He's Not Deterred from Feeding Homeless

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News Release: Associated Press
November 6, 2014

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) -- Despite being charged with violating a new ordinance by feeding the homeless in South Florida, advocate Arnold Abbott says he's not deterred and even went back out for another feeding at a public park.

The face-off in Fort Lauderdale over the new ordinance restricting public feeding of the homeless has pitted those with compassionate aims against residents and businesses trying to protect their neighborhoods.

Ninety-year-old Abbott and two South Florida ministers were charged last weekend as they handed out food. They were accused of breaking the ordinance and each faces up to 60 days in jail and a $500 fine.

Despite the brush with the law, Abbott, and the ministers, Dwayne Black and Mark Sims, went back out for a feeding at a park Wednesday night as police filmed from a distance.

News Release: Associated Press
November 5, 2014

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) -- Police in Florida arrested two pastors and a 90-year-old man who were feeding the homeless, say they violated a new ordinance in Fort Lauderdale that essentially bans public food sharing.

South Florida television station WPLG reports homeless advocate Arnold Abbott and ministers Dwayne Black and Mark Sims were arrested Sunday. They face up to 60 days in jail and a $500 fine.

The ordinance took effect Friday.

Abbot runs a nonprofit group called Love Thy Neighbor, Inc. He says he was feeding the homeless in a park when a police officer told him to "drop that plate right now."

Black pastors The Sanctuary Church in Fort Lauderdale. Sims is pastor of St. Mary Magdalene Episcopal Church in Coral Springs.

Abbott says he won't stop and plans to bring food for the homeless Wednesday.

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