Too Close for Comfort?

Sex offenders are living too close for comfort. It's a problem in Perry, one the community is ready to combat.

Barabara Mock has Boodrow to protect her and her grandson, but says an ordinance that'll keep sex offenders from living near certain areas would protect her grandson when Boodrow can't be around.

"I think it's great. I really think that sex offenders should not be allowed around our children because it's up to us to protect our children,” explains Mock.

Florida statues prohibit sex offenders from living within 1,000 feet of schools, designated school bus stops, daycare centers, parks, playgrounds and other places where children regularly congregate.

Taylor County Commission Chairman Daryll T. Gunter is working to increase that limit to 2,500 feet.

"We have the new sports complex that'll be coming online in about a month or so. We've got the Forest Festival that's getting larger and larger, several Bluegrass Festivals and other events where families come. So this is another way of ensuring another layer of protection for our families; helping to keep our children in Taylor County safe,” Gunter says.

There will be some exceptions to the restrictions depending on different circumstances. A public hearing is scheduled for June 5 at 6 p.m. at the county administrative building. All parents are encouraged to attend.