MIAMI (AP) _ The state is allowing five convicted sex offenders to live under a highway bridge in Miami.
The reason? An ordinance intended to keep predators away from children makes it nearly impossible for them to find housing.
The conditions are a consequence of laws passed to bar sex offenders from living near schools, parks and other places children gather. Miami-Dade County's ordinance says sex offenders must live at least 2,500 feet from schools.
State Corrections officials say the five men under the Julia Tuttle Causeway are the only known sex offenders authorized to live outdoors in Florida. Officials say the issue will have to be addressed to ensure the sex offenders continue to be supervised instead of becoming "so transient.''
The men must stay at the bridge between ten pm and six am because a parole officer checks on them nearly every night.
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