By: The Associated Press
(AP) A federal judge has refused to block St. Petersburg’s new ban on street solitication, including the sale of newspaper.
The ordinance prohibits any transaction between pedestrians and motorists on major city streets. It is set to take effect Sunday.
Attorneys for the Times Publishing Co., the corporate parent of the St. Petersburg Times, asked the judge to issue a restraining order to stop enforcement until a legal challenge of the ordinance is resolved. The request was rejected Thursday.
Neil Brown, editor and vice president of the Times, said he was disappointed with the decision. The Times, in a lawsuit filed this week, claims the new law infringes on its First Amendment rights.