NAPLES, Fla.- Two veteran charities will now face closer scrutiny from the state.
The Collier County Commission voted to crack down on who is allowed to solicit money on county roads. Their push is focused on two veteran groups that have been coming to Collier County from other parts of the state.
The board voted unanimously to have the state conduct an audit on the two groups that have been coming to Collier County to solicit funding for Veterans, but Tuesday mornings decision didn't come without controversy and pointed out a bigger issue of road-side soliciting.
It's no secret road side soliciting has been a problem in Collier County for years. A WINK NEWS Call for Action investigation from February found out of town veteran organizations were deceiving donors.
Tuesday, Commission Chairman Fred Coyle introduced a motion that would make it easier for people to know exactly who is asking for money.
"We want organizations that solicit money in public to have a sign that identifies the organization, their headquarters, location, address and telephone numbers," says Chairman Coyle.
Coyle's motion passed 3-2. Commissioner Georgia Hiller voted against the plan.
"What was proposed this morning is without any substance. What we need is a law that allows police to arrest if there is wrong doing with respect to solicitations," says Hiller.
Commissioner Hiller says she has been working with lawmakers to develop a guideline that can work, but has yet to bring the plan to the board.
She plans to present those plans at the Commission's next meeting in November.