Hillsborough County commissioners unanimously voted yesterday to create a policy banning the county's 1,200 registered sex offenders and predators from public hurricane shelters.
Sheriff David Gee proposed the ban. He says the sex offenders "ought to fend for themselves." Gee says sex offenders will be arrested if they come near public shelters.
A convicted sex offender is charged with murder for the abduction and killing of Hillsborough County 13-year-old Sarah Lunde in April.
Earlier this month, Seminole County's sheriff proposed making a separate hurricane shelter for sex offenders, to keep them out of public shelters.
And Jacksonville officials approved legislation requiring sex offenders who seek emergency shelter during a hurricane to disclose their sex crime conviction to shelter operators upon arrival.