Pasco County to discuss banning panhandling six days a week

NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla. - Pasco County Commissioners have approved an preliminary ordinance that would ban roadside sales, marketing and collection activities that pose possible safety problems or potentially impede traffic on the county's busy intersections for any day but Sunday.

Apparently, the one day a week exception is so local newspapers can continue selling the Sunday edition in the street. The ordinance would require anyone soliciting money on the roadside on Sunday to wear a high-visibility vest and carry a state-issued photo identification.

Commissioners have scheduled a public hearing on the matter at the Government Center in New Port Richey on July 26. At that time, they will take input from the community before making any final decisions.

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