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Jul 22, 2014 5:15 PM by Bart Bedsole - bbedsole@kristv.com

Council Approves Changes To Peddling Ordinance

CORPUS CHRISTI - The City Council gave preliminary approval Tuesday to several changes regarding panhandlers and door to door salesmen.

The updates approved involve two issues that have led to a lot of complaints.

First, the police department got a lot of calls a few months back about people going door to door selling magazines or other items, especially after dark.

City leaders wants to set time limits on that type of soliciting, essentially 9am until sunset, and require sellers to not only have permits and undergo background checks, but skip any houses with "No Soliciting" signs posted.

The other part of the ordinance deals with collecting donations on the side of the road.

Youth organizations like little leagues or girl scouts will be exempt from the permitting process, which is relief for those groups, who can be found at major intersections almost every weekend.

However, the new ordinance will prevent kids from stepping into traffic to collect donations and require adults to wear special clothing.

"We're going to require a safety vest," explained Chief Floyd Simpson, "and we have some issues where if you're below 16, we don't want you coming out into the street collecting money or putting yourself at risk."

The council today approved a first reading of the amended ordinance.

It will go back for a second reading in a week or two, then there will likely be a 30-day grace period before violators can face fines for breaking the rules.

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