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FL: Beach to consider sexual offender ordinance

With the more people coming to St. Augustine Beach, the police department thinks it’s time to consider a sexual offender ordinance. … “We’ve seen the crowds double in the past couple years, and the ordinance will protect both the residents and tourists,” Parker said. He also said the city needs to adopt a sexual offender ordinance because there have been two related incidents within their jurisdiction.

“Recently we had an incident on the beach with a guy who was using binoculars to watch girls,” he said. … “He turned out not to be a sexual offender, but that really drove home the need to have an ordinance,” Parker said. “We don’t want to delay it anymore.” …

Parker said there is only one other incident in recent years involving a sexual offender on the beach. There was an out-of-county man at the Splash Park a couple years ago who had failed to register as a sexual offender. Full Article

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  1. David

    Florida ….. what more can be said?? *shakes head in disbelief & disgust*
    The comments are interesting.

  2. David

    Writing a law for a problem that doesn’t exist?? Someone clearly has too much free time on his hands! (Note: The man in the beach watching girls with his binoculars was NOT an RSO and so his behavior would not be impacted one bit by this proposed law.)

  3. Timmr

    ‘Recently we had an incident on the beach with a guy who was using binoculars to watch girls,” he said. … “He turned out not to be a sexual offender, but that really drove home the need to have an ordinance,” Parker said. “We don’t want to delay it anymore.” …’

    People like this Parker think if you are on this list, you are going to offend and if you are not on the list you aren’t. How stupid is this? Well, with 95% of the new sex offenses done by people NOT on the registry, the guy with the binoculars was decidedly more likely to be a sex offender than someone registered. I wouldn’t even get my trunks in a knot over that. The likeliest offenders are the parents and guardians on that beach. Let’s give them all a polygraph and genetic test before letting them on the beach. No, really, Florida might just do that.

    • Q

      “How stupid is this?”

      Just as stupid as everything else relating to people forced to register. I think if they are going to ban registrants from the beach they should also ban girls in bathing suits from the beach. Then it would seem fair.

      • Me

        An earlier post inspired me to chime in…

        Disclaimer: I’m not suggesting I think it’s socially acceptable for somebody to sit at the beach ogling people through a set of binoculars.

        Showing up to the beach almost naked and getting irritated or creeped out if/when you are getting stared at perplexes me. If a beautiful women hits the beach oiled up and wearing almost nothing (many bikinis aren’t any different than what you show while wearing a bra and panties) men are going to look. You shouldn’t be surprised, offended, or creeped out by it. If it was socially acceptable to get a better look using a pair of binoculars…many more men (of all ages) would be doing it. We live in a sexually charged society…it’s getting worse and worse. Society keeps pushing the line of decency further and further out. Look at commercials, movies, magazine covers, clothing, etc. You can find sexual innuendo in movies made for children for the sake of keeping the parents “entertained”. Everything that can be sexualized in some way (for financial gain) usually is. Then people are shocked and horrified when somebody “crosses the line” and shows up to the beach with a pair of binoculars. Arrest that man!

  4. td777

    Dear Parker,

    If you don’t want guys looking at the girls in swimsuits, why not an ordinance that bans swimsuits and/or immodest attire on the beach altogether? That will rid all the creeps with binoculars and sex offenders and solve your problem.

  5. NPS

    They should be less concerned about men with binoculars and more concerned about these filthy scoundrels at their precious Florida beaches. Better yet, ban Spring Break activities because this is not the first time nor will it be the last time this happens. FYI: Neither of the accused are registrants. And they’re young enough to have grown up under the “protect the children” umbrella, too. So what good would an ordinance do?

    http://www.sfgate.com/nation/article/2-students-charged-in-Florida-spring-break-sex-6195147.php

  6. Harry

    Florida is a good state to avoid, even for those whom are not RC.

  7. Rocky

    “If a sexual offender or predator goes to a park with no legitimate reason to be there and are exhibiting suspicious behavior, they can be questioned by law enforcement,” ~

    So, if some non RSO “goes to a park with no legitimate reason to be there and are exhibiting suspicious behavior”, they get a high five, box of chocolates & a season pass? Sounds legit.

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