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Darn it here we go again with criminalization of poverty!!

      Good Samaritan, Fort Lauderdale face off over feedings on beach
      BY SHARI RUDAVSKY=20
      srudavsky@herald.com=20

      Arnold Abbott saw feeding about 60 needy people a day at the =
picnic tables on Fort Lauderdale's south beach as doing his religious =
calling.=20

      The city of Fort Lauderdale viewed it as the unlawful doling out =
of social services in a public park, which city code prohibits in order =
to protect the recreation spaces.=20

      Monday, the two perspectives came head to head in the first day of =
a trial to decide Abbott's lawsuit against the city. Abbott alleges that =
Fort Lauderdale violated his religious rights when it attempted to =
enforce the law against his feeding program, Love Thy Neighbor.=20

      ``I just feel that if you're a human being, you care about your =
less fortunate human beings,'' Abbott testified, explaining his =
convictions.=20

      But city officials countered that feeding programs with their =
litter, increased noise and increased traffic to a neighborhood do not =
belong in parks.=20

      ``We believed that a social service activity like that was not in =
keeping with the purpose of a park and the negative benefits that come =
with that outweighed the good he was doing,'' said Bud Bentley, =
assistant city manager.=20

      The issue of whether good Samaritans like Abbott have a =
constitutional right to follow their hearts' dictates has drawn the =
attention of homeless advocates across the country. The ruling, no =
matter how it falls, is likely to be appealed.=20

      Fort Lauderdale's history of homeless services had a leading role =
in Monday's proceedings as Abbott and city officials described the =
evolution over eight years from makeshift camps in Holiday Park to an =
alfresco shelter to an enclosed homeless facility.=20

      During the days of Tent City, a collection of canopies off Broward =
Boulevard, Abbott was a familiar figure to Fort Lauderdale's homeless, =
offering daily meals at the shelter and on the beach, where he would =
serve home-cooked meals.=20

      About a year before Tent City closed, Abbott filled out an =
application for a permit that would allow him to feed people on the =
beach legally. The city sat on it for a year and returned it to him when =
it became clear that the Homeless Assistance Center would soon replace =
the makeshift shelter off Broward Boulevard.=20

      ``We took a holistic approach instead of addressing it =
piecemeal,'' said assistant to the city manager Horace McHugh, =
explaining why the city waited to return Abbott's application.=20

      Although the city might have seen the advent of the center as =
eliminating the need for homeless programs, Abbott did not agree. At the =
trial, his attorney noted that the center only houses 200, while =
estimates place the city's homeless population at about 1,000.=20

      Richard Courtney, a homeless advocate, did not hesitate when asked =
what will happen to the homeless if they can't get food from programs =
like Abbott's.=20

      ``Then they go hungry,'' said Courtney, who has relied on Abbott's =
food himself.=20

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      <P><SNML_BODY><SNML_LEAD>Arnold Abbott saw feeding about 60 needy =
people a=20
      day at the picnic tables on Fort Lauderdale's south beach as doing =
his=20
      religious calling.=20
      <P>The city of Fort Lauderdale viewed it as the unlawful doling =
out of=20
      social services in a public park, which city code prohibits in =
order to=20
      protect the recreation spaces.=20
      <P></SNML_LEAD>Monday, the two perspectives came head to head in =
the first=20
      day of a trial to decide Abbott's lawsuit against the city. Abbott =
alleges=20
      that Fort Lauderdale violated his religious rights when it =
attempted to=20
      enforce the law against his feeding program, Love Thy Neighbor.=20
      <P>``I just feel that if you're a human being, you care about your =
less=20
      fortunate human beings,'' Abbott testified, explaining his =
convictions.=20
      <P>But city officials countered that feeding programs with their =
litter,=20
      increased noise and increased traffic to a neighborhood do not =
belong in=20
      parks.=20
      <P>``We believed that a social service activity like that was not =
in=20
      keeping with the purpose of a park and the negative benefits that =
come=20
      with that outweighed the good he was doing,'' said Bud Bentley, =
assistant=20
      city manager.=20
      <P>The issue of whether good Samaritans like Abbott have a =
constitutional=20
      right to follow their hearts' dictates has drawn the attention of =
homeless=20
      advocates across the country. The ruling, no matter how it falls, =
is=20
      likely to be appealed.=20
      <P>Fort Lauderdale's history of homeless services had a leading =
role in=20
      Monday's proceedings as Abbott and city officials described the =
evolution=20
      over eight years from makeshift camps in Holiday Park to an =
alfresco=20
      shelter to an enclosed homeless facility.=20
      <P>During the days of Tent City, a collection of canopies off =
Broward=20
      Boulevard, Abbott was a familiar figure to Fort Lauderdale's =
homeless,=20
      offering daily meals at the shelter and on the beach, where he =
would serve=20
      home-cooked meals.=20
      <P>About a year before Tent City closed, Abbott filled out an =
application=20
      for a permit that would allow him to feed people on the beach =
legally. The=20
      city sat on it for a year and returned it to him when it became =
clear that=20
      the Homeless Assistance Center would soon replace the makeshift =
shelter=20
      off Broward Boulevard.=20
      <P>``We took a holistic approach instead of addressing it =
piecemeal,''=20
      said assistant to the city manager Horace McHugh, explaining why =
the city=20
      waited to return Abbott's application.=20
      <P>Although the city might have seen the advent of the center as=20
      eliminating the need for homeless programs, Abbott did not agree. =
At the=20
      trial, his attorney noted that the center only houses 200, while =
estimates=20
      place the city's homeless population at about 1,000.=20
      <P>Richard Courtney, a homeless advocate, did not hesitate when =
asked what=20
      will happen to the homeless if they can't get food from programs =
like=20
      Abbott's.=20
      <P>``Then they go hungry,'' said Courtney, who has relied on =
Abbott's food=20
      himself.=20
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