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New ordinance approved for churches that want to shelter homeless

FORT WALTON BEACH  --  Going forward, Fort Walton Beach churches that want to shelter the homeless will need a special permit.

The ordinance approved Tuesday 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.