JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- It's a move designed to make neighborhoods more safe. City council is mulling over a new bill designed to restrict door-to-door sales in neighborhoods.
"There's too much lingering, too many strangers. It gives them an opportunity to learn your routine," said Shirley Hewitt.
She is sick and tired of strangers roaming her Arlington neighborhood and coming to her door.
"They're like vultures. Especially this time of the year," she said.
Jacksonville City Councilman Bill Bishop said that right now, individual communities like gated ones can place no-soliciting signs at the entrance. But neighborhoods, like Arlington as a whole, can't. So he's proposed legislation to change that.
"To basically put some teeth into what a lot of neighborhoods think they have but they don't," said Bishop. "The neighborhoods are open. The streets are public streets. The city doesn't prohibit that sort of activity."
If the legislation passes, each community can then organize a vote of sorts to become a no-solicitation neighborhood. It's music to Hewitt's ears.
"There's a different way to do business," she said.
Bishop said it's a safety issue. Sometimes the people claiming to be selling things have ulterior motives.
"Mainly it's directed at those that are under the guise of soliciting for business that are in a sense casing your neighborhood. There's a lot of that that goes on," he said.
Hewitt hopes that if it passes, Arlington is first to jump on board.
Action News asked Bishop what that means for church groups or Girl Scout troops. He said noncommercial activities like those would be exempt.