WEST PALM BEACH , Fla. (AP) - The city of West Palm Beach will
repeal an ordinance that prevents groups from distributing meals to
the homeless near downtown businesses.
The city commission voted 4-0 Monday to authorize a settlement
with nonprofit groups Food Not Bombs and Art and Compassion. The
settlement will renounce the 2007 ordinance and require the groups
to work with the city to find a suitable site for helping the
homeless. The city also agreed to pay the groups' lawyers $100,000.
The groups sued the city in federal court last December, arguing
the law was unconstitutional.
Mayor Lois Frankel says the city wants to balance concern for
the poor with the rights of businesses.