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Bill being considered would allow neighborhoods to prohibit solicitation

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Updated: 12/10/2013 7:56 pm
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.

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Stanlo83 - 12/11/2013 10:35 AM
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Im a ADT sales rep. Have been for 13 yrs now and im the ONLY income for my family for 3. I find it amaizing how big of a stink everyones is making. As a matter of fact i am tired of the pesky churches and girl scouts knocking on my door.lol Grow up, and lighten up. If your not interested then just say your not interested and shut the door. But to "outlaw" a profesion because they took up 2 mins of your life, Well bless your little hearts. Much bigger issues to complain about than some people trying to make an honest dollar.

tlynn - 12/11/2013 8:05 AM
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It amazes me how many of these people knocking on doors don't even know the meaning of 'soliciting'.

imtellin - 12/11/2013 6:34 AM
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freely move about in their own neighborhood !!! people have a right to be comfortable in the homes they pay for, without being annoyed by their doorbell, or knocking, to be harrangued into buying something they could purchase at wal-mart !!! place a no soliciting sign upon your front door & ignore the bell, or better, disconnect it...

Fred Thompson - 12/11/2013 12:01 AM
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Should be prohibited in the first(regardless that the street is public property...THE RESIDENCES ARE NOT!!) place. This is not the 1960's and the Avon lady days!! Prohibit any Soliciting any where at any time...like those damn t-ball kids at the grocery stores asking for public support for donations ..Step up and fund your kids athletics DADS!!

Dremwolf - 12/10/2013 8:12 PM
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So in the name of a false sense of security you are willing to give up yours and others rights to freely move about. Stupid sheeple!
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