- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 1, 2014

MONTEREY, Calif. (AP) - People who sit or lie on sidewalks in Monterey’s commercial areas can now face $100 fines.

The Monterey Herald reports (https://bit.ly/1rH35nn) the new ordinance, approved by the City Council in July, goes into effect Wednesday.

It bans “obstructions” from city sidewalks between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m. in sections of downtown, Cannery Row, Lighthouse Avenue and other areas.

The newspaper says these areas are known to be frequented by transients and young people traveling from out of town.

The ordinance will not apply to the city’s 35 parks, five beaches and about 62 percent of sidewalks.

The rules say nothing about walking or standing on sidewalks - it’s specifically targeting people who are sitting or lying on the public’s right-of-way.

The law, says Police Chief Philip Penko, is meant to make downtown as “welcoming for everyone” as possible.


Information from: The Monterey County Herald, https://www.montereyherald.com

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