Created: Wed, 19 Feb 2014 10:39:00 MST
Updated: Wed, 19 Feb 2014 11:09:08 MST
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - The Grand Junction City Council voted unanimously to pass an ordinance setting restrictions on panhandling.
The ordinance gives police more power to deal with aggressive panhandling within city limits, it restricts any panhandling a half hour after sunset to a half hour before sunrise and bans all panhandling 100 feet from any ATM or school.
The Grand Junction Communications Center said they received 439 calls complaining of panhandling activity in the past year.
Fierce opposition from local homeless and homeless advocates protested the ordinance inside city hall before the meeting.
They played music and displayed signs, but the council wasn’t swayed.
The ordinance will not affect the work of girl scouts selling cookies or Salvation Army bell ringers.