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By Brian Ackley
City of Lake Wales 

City Commission Adopting Rules to Eliminate Panhandling


Last updated 12/25/2020 at 10am

Matt Artz

Responding to complaints from downtown visitors, Lake Wales commissioners have unanimously approved the first reading of a new panhandling ordinance for the city.

The new law is patterned after a similar statute from Osceola County, which has not been legally challenged since it was passed about five years ago.

City Attorney Chuck Galloway said finding an ordinance that would hold up in courts is an important part of the new proposed law.

"Several years ago, there was a United States Supreme Court decision that said panhandling was speech. The NAACP had challenged Polk County about their or...

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