Sex Offender Distance Restrictions Law

A Northwest Florida city joined a growing list of others in the state making it more difficult for convicted sex offenders to live in their cities.

For the first time, there is a local ordinance restricting areas where sex offenders can live and how far away they need to be from a school, playground, or other places where children gather.

The Freeport Council doubled the state distance requirement to 2,000 feet.

Mayor Mickey Marse says "It is not a bad thing. Without anything on the books, sexual predators look for communities where they can reside easily. We want to try and prevent like that."

DeFunak Springs and Panama City Beach also have toughened laws against sex offenders living in their cities.

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