SARASOTA, Fla. – Spitting is now OK in Sarasota.
City commissioners voted Monday to abolish a law dating back to 1908 that banned spitting. They argued the law was unenforceable. Lawyers said it was used to target those in lower income neighborhoods.
But for the past century it was illegal. And although seldom enforced, it's still illegal to spit on sidewalks and other public spaces in many cities.
Sarasota police arrested two men in 2007 on charges of public spitting. Both men had criminal histories that include drug possession. A police spokesman said the arrests were part of a push to curb crime in neighborhoods known for illegal drug sales.
Reports say cash and marijuana was found on a third person arrested this month for spitting.