Thursday, July 09, 2009

Sex Offender Housing Lawsuits! By Geniusofdespair

The Miami Herald reported that The ACLU of Florida filed a lawsuit today challenging a Miami-Dade County ordinance that attempts to remove homeless sex offenders who live under the Julia Tuttle Causeway.

The county's 2,500-foot residency restriction conflicts with state law, which makes it unlawful for convicted sex offenders to live within 1,000 feet of a school, day-care center, park or playground, according to the suit. Not to be outdone, the City of Miami decided to sue the State today: It was a unanimous vote.

"This is years of finger-pointing by the state, county and city governments -- all pointing at each other." said Howard Simon of the ACLU.


Anonymous said...

The State of Florida should act to force all municapalities to enforce the 1,000 linear foot limit that is the existing State law. The 2,500 linear foot requirement instituted as a result of Ron Book's badgering never worked.

Did Ron Book know he would be forcing all sexual offenders to live between private Baypoint Island enclave in Miami and the billion dollar sandbar Miami Beach? Ron Book has forced Miami Beach residents to see the inhumane conditions forced on the squatters under the Julia Tuttle Causeway and on both the south and north sides of the Causeway. Sexual offenders and homeless are living and bathing within view of 40,000 vehicles per day. Thank you Ron Book.

Anonymous said...

Commissioner Marc Sarnoff is trying to find a solution that works for all constituents.

Terry Sweet said...

I am a researcher for a Florida Criminal Background Search Company. I have seen my share of Sexual Predators make there way back to children. These laws are not strictly enforced, these sex offenders can go from county to county and state to state and do not register, and the level 2 and 3 offenders are slapped on the wrist for not registering,

We need to keep our children safe and make sure that these offenders are monitored.

A re-vamp of the Adam Walsh Act and the National Sex offender Registry is long over due.

Terry Sweet