News Release Header
For Immediate Release:
May 02, 2012
Media Contact:
Marta Martinez-Aleman

305-636-2331

Vice Chairwoman Edmonson urges Florida Department of Corrections to cease sending sex offenders to Shorecrest neighborhood


Vice Chairwoman Audrey M. Edmonson sponsored a resolution urging the Florida Department of Corrections "to educate and train" officers not to directly or indirectly steer sex offenders to Miami's Shorecrest neighborhood. The resolution was unanimously approved by the Board of County Commissioners at the Commission meeting of May 1, 2012. 

Many of the sex offenders who have set up camp on the northeast corner of 79th Street and 10th Avenue have said their probation officers handed them pieces of paper suggesting they go to Shorecrest after they were released from prison. 

"The presence of this camp has created a situation that is unsanitary, unsightly and unkempt," Vice Chairwoman Edmonson said. "The existence of this camp poses a danger to the health, safety and welfare of those who live and work in the immediate area, including children. Shorecrest should not become the neighborhood of preference for those convicted as sex offenders."