Meal Ban Lifted for Gainesville's Homeless on Three Holidays
Serving only 130 meals on Christmas day to the homeless doesn't seem like enough, and according to the Gainesville City Commission, it isn't.
Last night Gainesville's city commission voted to lift the meal bans on three holidays. After over an hour of controversial public comment, the vote to lift the meal band for three holidays was made. Before last night, the ordinance stated homeless shelters could not serve more than 130 meals a day, but after last night the ban was lifted for...Thanksgiving, Christmas, and a holiday of the shelter's choice.
Advocates wearing the blue button reading "feed every one" say allowing organizations to feed more of the area's homeless would reduce panhandling and loitering in the community.
But Steve Carson, owner of Carson's Cabinetry and Design in Downtown Gainesville, disagrees.
"There are some people that are down on their luck that are really good decent people that are just having bad times and they need it and absolutely its helping them, but its also helping you know the drug pushers that don't want to work that don't want to do anything and that want to be drags on society," says Carson.
Carson says some downtown business owners feel a stronger law enforcement presence would prevent most problems associated with the homeless.
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