Central Florida has come up with an innovative new way of getting rid of a group of sex offenders who have congregated together in a mobile home park: set up a daycare center nearby and push them out. From WKMG Orlando:
What began as concern over a school bus stop located on Orange Blossom Trail near a mobile home park that houses more than 90 sex offenders became a plan to push them out in the name of children’s safety after a proposal to move the bus stop didn’t work.
The woman who came up with the plan, Barbara Farris, said she wants them out and away from the public school bus stop. In fact, Farris has been sitting down the street, protesting their presence.
According to the release conditions placed on sex offenders, they are prohibited from living near schools, churches and day cares, but there is nothing that says can’t live by the bus stop.
So Farris has ramped up her efforts, and said she has a location for the day care facility locked down and is working with someone who already owns multiple day cares.
“Once we get our license approved, they have 24 hours to relocate,” Farris said.
Farris said she has a list of other monitored communities where they could relocate, but all are out of the county.
I applaud the honesty. I guess it was only a matter of time before sex offender restrictions were used strategically. In other states, the lack of a grandfather clause for pre-existing residences has created Takings Clause issues. I wonder if there is a similar challenge currently underway in Florida. Certainly if the day care plan goes forward, I imagine there will such a lawsuit.