Samuels said cities nationwide have different rules about what is permitted in public parks and noted an Orlando, Fla., city ordinance that prohibits sharing food with large groups in downtown parks more than twice a year.
That law doesn’t strike me as worth emulating, particularly after reading stories about Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer labeling members of Orlando Food Not Bombs as “food terrorists.”
If the city cannot maintain its public parks without private funds, it needs to re-examine its priorities. If the city is effectively privatizing a public space to keep some people out, that’s a real problem.
If a revitalized Monroe Park isn’t open to everyone, we should all feel uncomfortable.