Lake Worth approves new ordinance restricting panhandlers

LAKE WORTH, Fla. - Drivers may start to see less people asking for money on the side of some major roads in Lake Worth.

City leaders passed an ordinance Tuesday night regarding panhandlers in an effort to keep everyone safe.

The city will now prohibit people from soliciting money or trying to sell items to drivers at several major intersections.

Panhandling will now be illegal along the on and off ramps to Interstate 95 at 6th Avenue South and 10th Avenue North.

The new rule also applies to 6th Avenue South and Dixie Highway, 10th Avenue North and Dixie Highway and Lake Worth Road at the CSX Railway.

The ordinance does not apply if someone is just holding a sign and does not step into the roadway.

Any violation will result in a misdemeanor and a fine of up to $500 and/or a maximum of 60 days in jail.

The $500 penalty is similar to one in place in unincorporated Palm Beach County. Commissioners passed a county ordinance in 2015 making panhandling illegal on county and state roads.

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