That man has his heart in the right place and is doing the Lord’s work, BUT - there are two sides to every story. It is not illegal to feed the homeless in Ft. Lauderdale, but it must be done according to regulations that have been put in place to protect the rights of the citizens.
He’s feeding hundreds, if not thousands, in public parks and beaches where there are NO bathrooms nearby. Where do you think all those well-fed homeless people are going to defecate and urinate? On the beach, in the bushes and on doorsteps, that’s where. Let’s face it, the vast majority of homeless people have mental problems or are addicts. They are not being helped by feeding them and sending them on their merry way to the neighbor’s homes and businesses.
Comments from citizens of Ft. Lauderdale on other websites reveal the other side of the issue:
I live and work in Downtown Fort Lauderdale. I have had many unpleasent incidents with homeless people: from human feces in my yard and under my window to my garbage being tossed aropund my yard as they look for aluminum.
I did notice one thing while traveling around today, no more beggars at the exit ramp of I95 to bother the people in the cars at the light, yippeeeeeeee. I am tired of all those who approach drivers while stopped at traffic lights and walk around between the cars, so hopefully not feeding them will make them head somewhere else. I have even seen some of them scratch cars when the people did not give them money, they were ruining Fort Lauderdale, so IMO it is long overdue that they clamped down on them.
I feel the homeless should get a place to stay and food to eat but they should not be sleeping on the streets, in the parks or bothering people.
What I see in Fort Lauderdale and also in North Miami Beach are people who choose homelessness as a way of life. I see them regularly drinking beer from cans while they congregate on or near bus benches and in city and county parks. They panhandle from everyone (even children). I often witness groups of high school aged children standing upwind of a bus bench waiting for their bus, while a homeless person is sprawled across it sleeping.
Local churches feed the homeless and do nothing else to help them socially, so the homeless basically live in the public areas near these churches. Of course the do-gooders who attend these churches live miles away, so they are effectively keeping the homeless out of their neighborhoods.
Sorry, but from what I see, most of the homeless in S. Florida are basically addicted and/or socially/mentally ill people. If we really want to help them, we should help ensure gov’t or local church/nonprofit services provide them with programs, acceptable to them, that help address/cure their social problems and help them ideally get off the street. Feeding them, or as one councilwoman does (put socks on them) is a ridiculous approach to “helping” them in the first place.