Summerville leaders consider new panhandling ordinance

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SUMMERVILLE, SC (WCSC) - Summerville town leaders are discussing options to deal with panhandling after local business owners sent in a petition.

The proposed ordinance will look at curbing panhandling and soliciting to keep local residents safe. The proposal would prohibit blocking public streets and sidewalks and approaching moving vehicles. It would also prohibit soliciting on private property.

The ordinance would also restrict where and when street musicians can perform and where charities can ask for donations.

Some of the business owners in the Hutchinson Square area say they have seen a significant increase in the number of people asking for donations. They say those people sometimes come into stores or cafes to ask customers directly for money.

They also say some of the panhandlers have behaved aggressively when asked to leave.

If the Summerville Public Safety Committee recommends the ordinance, it will then require approval by town council.

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