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Jun 17, 2014 4:48 PM by Caroline Flores

CCPD to Crack Down on Solicitors

CORPUS CHRISTI - It's a problem at most major intersections in our city. People on the side of the road asking for money. Well, the Police Department wants to change a city ordinance that may lessen the amount of people asking you for money.

"Without fail, every weekend on some corner people are soliciting. I just think we should get control of that," said Corpus Christi Police Department Chief Floyd Simpson.

The soliciting ranges from someone asking for donations for a charity, a little league team trying to make it to a tournament, or a homeless person asking for some help. But the police department is looking for ways to regulate it.

"Frankly, begging we're trying to rid our community of that," said Chief Simpson.

So the Police Department is proposing some changes. It wants people to apply for a permit, and wear a vest like the firefighters do when they hold their "Fill The Boot" fundraiser. Also, to keep kids safe, police would like to ban children under the age of 16 from soliciting money on the side of the road.

People like Evan McDonald who was dining out in that area today, likes the proposed changes.

"Yeah, them good ideas. I believe that if they enforce them that it'd be good," said McDonald.

Currently, if someone is soliciting officers can ask them to leave. But if the ordinance is changed, Chief Simpson says officers will be able to use tools like fines to remove people who don't have the appropriate permit or safety vest.

There are some exemptions being suggested. For example, youth organizations like the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts won't have to pay for a permit.

Today was just a workshop. It will now be up to the City Council to decide whether the Police Department can move forward with the ordinance changes.


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