Palm Beach County plans to modify rules covering sexual offenders and sexual predators

County plans to follow state law

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - The Palm Beach County Commission will hold a public hearing Tuesday on proposed changes to the county's ordinance covering where sexual offenders and sexual predators can live.

Currently Palm Beach County's ordinance is more restrictive than state law, according to the Palm Beach County Commission agenda.

Currently Palm Beach County prohibits sexual offenders and sexual predators from living within 2,500 feet of where children regularly congregate.

Designated school bus stops are included in the county's current ordinance.

Palm Beach County Commissioners say that they have to alter their ordinance to make it consistent with Florida law.

The state has a 1,000 foot prohibition on sexual offenders and sexual predators and state law does not cover school bus stops.

Commissioners say that they have to amend their ordinance because they are not allowed by state law to be more restrictive than the prohibitions mandated by the state law.


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