‘Do You Have Some Spare Change?’ Panhandlers Gain Ground in Suit Against Fort Lauderdale Over Constitutional Issues

In South Florida, a federal district judge ordered the City of Fort Lauderdale to pause its panhandling ordinances because they are likely unconstitutional restrictions on free speech, as they violate the first amendment.

And U.S. District Judge Roy K. Altman, in issuing the preliminary injunction against the city from enforcing its two panhandling ordinances, put a stop to the defendant arresting people for panhandling, until a final trial in the case.

These include the plaintiffs in the case, Mark Messina and Bernard McDonald, who are homeless and are represented by Dante Trevisani and Raymond J. Taseff, attorneys at the Florida Justice Institute.

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