Melbourne to vote on effort to curb panhandling

The city council will vote Tuesday night

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MELBOURNE, Fla. - The city council of Melbourne is expected to approve bans and restrictions on panhandling in a final-vote meeting Tuesday night, according to Local 6 partner Florida Today.

The bans and restrictions would be the first of what will likely be multiple attempts to curb complaints — largely from downtown residents and businesses — that panhandling and other bad behaviors are hurting business and their quality of life.

The ordinances up for final vote tonight: ban aggressive panhandling citywide, ban panhandling and soliciting of any kind in the downtown core between Strawbridge and Melbourne avenues, and ban panhandling near ATMs, bus stops and a few other public places.

The Melbourne City Council will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall, 900 E. Strawbridge Ave.

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