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Arnold Abbott, 90-Year-Old WWII Veteran, Charged With Feeding Homeless

By    |   Wednesday, 05 Nov 2014 01:21 PM

Arnold Abbott, a 90-year-old World War II veteran, was charged with feeding the homeless in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, after a new city ordinance went into effect Friday.

South Florida television station WPLG reported that Abbott — along with Dwayne Black, pastor of The Sanctuary Church in Fort Lauderdale, and Mark Sims, of St. Mary Magdalene Episcopal Church in Coral Springs — faces up to 60 days of jail time and a $500 fine.

Under the new ordinance, outdoor feeding programs must provide portable toilets and cannot be within 500 feet of residential property.

"I have tried to abide by their regulations, but we just are not able to provide a port-a-potty," said Abbott, according to Fox News. "I believe that is the job of the municipality, anyway."

"The ordinance allows for legal, clean, and safe distribution of food to the homeless," said Fort Lauderdale Police Department Det. DeAnna Greenlaw.

"For example, if a minister, priest, or member of clergy wishes to provide food to the homeless at their establishment (i.e. community hall, church, or gathering place) they can do so if the proper facilities, as listed in the ordinance, are in place."

Many in the city have argued that feeding people on the street instead of indoors discourages the homeless from becoming acquainted with other programs that could help them.

"Feeding people on the streets is sanctioning homelessness," said Ron Book, chairman of the Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust. "Whatever discourages feeding people on the streets is a positive thing."

Abbott was cited in 1999 for feeding the homeless on local beaches, whereupon he sued and won.

"I’ll go to court again and sue the city," said Abbott.



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