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#BBCTrending: 90-year-old plans for third arrest for feeding homeless

Arnold Abbott, a 90-year-old Florida man, has been called a hero for opposing new restrictions on feeding the homeless outdoors in Fort Lauderdale.

The new laws say that organisations wishing to feed the homeless must do so at designated feeding sites, or must provide portable restrooms and running water.

Abbott, who has fed the hungry at the beach on Wednesdays for eight years, refuses to comply.

This Wednesday he plans to set up his feeding station at the beach and could confront his third citation in two weeks.

Violators of the rule can face 60 days in jail or a $500 fine.

Thousands of people have expressed support for Abbott online.

The mayor of Fort Lauderdale, Jack Seiler, said his city does not think a piecemeal approach to helping the homeless is effective, and that the designated feeding centres have more resources to help those in need.

The BBC's Fernando Peinado talked to both Abbott and the mayor.

  • 12 Nov 2014
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