A New Sex Offender Encampment Has Sprung Up in Miami

It's been almost two years now since the last of the sex offenders cleared out from their infamous encampment under the Julia Tuttle Causeway, but the Miami Herald now reports that a new sex offender camp has sprung up in the Shorecrest area. Once again, the Florida Department of Corrections has been steering the recently released sex offenders to the area.

Miami-Dade has some of the state's harshest rules regarding where sex offenders can live. They cannot live within 2,500 feet of a school. Even though some restrictions were dropped in the wake of the Julia Tuttle controversy, that still leaves very little area in the county where the released offenders can live, and even fewer that are affordable.

The Herald reports that as many as two dozen men now camp out on the Southwest corner of NE 79th Street and 10th Avenue in Shorecrest. They stay there from 10 at night until 6 in the morning, and the men were originally sent there by probation officials. The department denies this, but many said they were given the address by officials.

City leaders are now worried that the camp has become permanent, and are mulling a lawsuit.

"I am extremely disappointed in the lack of progress and to discover that the sex offenders are now erecting tents in the public right of way at the location, a sign that they intend to make this location more than just their temporary reporting area," City Commissioner Marc Sarnoff writes in a letter to the DOC.

Commissioner Sarnoff plans to present a resolution to get approval for a lawsuit. The measure could be taken up at the commission's March 22nd meeting.

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Kyle Munzenrieder