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A. Findings.

1. Solicitations for immediate donations of money or any other item of value in certain areas of Ashland have caused solicited persons to feel their freedom to move away to avoid solicitation was restricted.

2. The City has a significant governmental interest in maintaining a safe and inviting environment in public spaces for all residents and visitors, but especially for tourists, because Ashland’s economic vitality depends in large part on its status as a singular destination for tourists.

3. To retain the unique character of Ashland, preserve its status as a tourist attraction, foster commercial and cultural activity, and ensure the safety of residents and visitors, the City has a significant governmental interest in reasonable, specific locational limitations on request for money or any other item of value from another person, regardless of the solicitor’s purpose or intended use of the money or other item of value.

B. Purpose. The purpose of this chapter is to protect residents and visitors from intimidating discomfiture arising from solicitation at specified locations.

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