Fort Myers Police arrested two people who were posing as non-profits and panhandling on the intersection of US-41 and Boy Scout Drive. Kenneth Gerald Bull and John Pernell Frye were charged with municipal ordinance violation (asking, begging or soliciting alms. fm).
Soliciting is illegal in Lee County unless you have a permit, but what can you do if you think someone is posing as a non-profit?
You can go to Sunbiz.org to check if the person is part of a legitimate organization. This website lets you look up entities registered in the state of Florida.
If you’re convicted of panhandling you can get charged with a second degree misdemeanor.
If you’re a charity or organization that’s looking to raise some money this way, you have to make sure to have a permit.