Florida Couple Fined and Banned From Park For Feeding the Homeless

debbie-and-chico-jimenezThere’s a growing epidemic in this country that very few are talking about – ostracizing the homeless.  All across this nation, more cities and towns are passing laws that are specifically meant to target the homeless in an effort to drive them away.  I first wrote about an ordinance in Pensacola, Florida that banned people from using blankets or newspapers in inclement weather.  Then there was the pastor in Oneonta, Alabama who was told that he could only feed the homeless if he purchased a $500 permit.  Not to mention the state of Nevada (among others) dumping the homeless onto buses and sending them off to other states so they don’t have to deal with them.

Well, the state of Florida has struck yet again, fining a Daytona Beach couple $750 for the awful crime of feeding the poor.  It seems Daytona Beach has an ordinance that bans people from serving food in public.

Every weekend for more than a year, Chico and Debbie Jimenez have been feeding the homeless as part of a Christian outreach group they run called Spreading the Word Without Saying a Word Ministry.  According to their Facebook page they were approached by 5 police officers and charged with 2nd degree misdemeanor charges for feeding the homeless – and they were banned from the park.

Police Chief Mike Chitwood said of the incident, “The ordinance is there, so if we catch you, we’re going to cite you.  If you want to feed people, and you want to do a good, Christian act, we encourage you to coordinate with the social service agencies.”

So apparently now to be generous and help those who are in need, you must first coordinate with local social service agencies or face paying hefty fines.

As if it isn’t bad enough being homeless, now they’re being targeted by local governments in a clear attempt to eradicate them from many cities and towns all across this country.  It’s absolutely disgusting.

Instead of passing laws, or creating more programs that might actually help many homeless individuals find a home, these cities and towns are choosing to make life even more difficult for those who are already suffering a great deal.

It’s a sad day in this country when two people, doing what they can to help the most needy among us, are fined $750 for trying to feed the hungry.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.

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  • Peter Clowes

    Police Chief Mike Chitwood, ahh Media Mike. When he was chief in Portland, Maine his officers used to kid that the only time they ever saw Mike was when a camera crew was at police hq..

  • Mike Bee

    Well, look what they did to Jesus when he tried the same deal. Somebody down there should set up a fund to pay for their ticket and or legal expense and to buy more food to distribute. I’d kick in a few bucks.

    • Amercan111

      Do it. I did. Go the their web page. Best money I’ve spent in a long, long time, my friend…

  • polliwogg

    “bans people from serving food in public” Seems like the cops are going to be awfully busy this summer arresting all those dangerous picnickers.

  • Mary Kaye

    Ridiculous! I suppose these cities just want the homeless to starve to death and go away and they would rather fine good-hearted people than to ensure safety in their city. The police could have given this couple a warning or the town could have been proactive about the homeless instead of punitive.

  • Marilyn Olsen Scheffler

    I suppose these are the “christian” groups that decide who is a worthwhile human being and who isn’t. What a pile of garbage people are who don’t want to help the most needy.

  • John

    America a “Christian” nation? Spare me!

  • RealityRealist

    Reminds me of when Blooomberg said you couldn’t give Campbells soup to the homeless because it has too much salt in it. Yep we don’t need to FEED THE HUNGARY

  • Edward Baker

    its Florida,what did you expect from a state full of old retired millionaires