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New ordinance in Fort Walton Beach concerning sheltering the homeless
FORT WALTON BEACH -- FORT WALTON BEACH... Churches who want to shelter the homeless will now need a special permit.
The new ordinance adds new fire and safety codes for churches opening as cold weather shelters.
It regulates where people can sleep and how many people can stay there.
The initial inspections and permits will be free.
City leaders say the goal of the ordinance is to keep people safe.