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Florida sex offenders live under a bridge

star tribune
pioneer press

Because an ordinance intended to keep predators away from children made it nearly impossible for them to find housing, five convicted sex offenders are living under a highway bridge with the state's grudging approval. The five men under the Julia Tuttle Causeway are the only known sex offenders authorized to live outdoors in Florida, said state Corrections Department spokeswoman Gretl Plessinger. The conditions are a consequence of laws passed here and elsewhere around the country to bar sex offenders from living near schools, parks and other places children gather. The Pioneer Press did not give the story that much coverage, but the Tribune ran a really long article, with quotes fromt he men who live under the bridge and various peopl from Florida talking about the situation.