'Panhandling' restrictions begin in Manatee
MANATEE COUNTY - The new Manatee County panhandling law takes effect this week.
The ordinance outlaws monetary and other transactions between pedestrians and occupants of motor vehicles in the travel lanes of public roads, including entry and exit ramps of interstates, according to the Herald Tribune.
The law does not use the word "panhandling," but it is intended to curtail the begging that occurs at busy intersections, where some individuals asking for money stay on the medians.
Penalties can be a fine of up to $500 or a jail sentence of up to 60 days.