Destin Finalizes Sex Offender Law

Convicted sex offenders can no longer live within 2,000 feet of schools and daycare centers in Destin.

The City Council unanimously voted to implement an ordinance that extends the state standard of 1,000 feet.

But the law didn't pass without debate. Both the city's land use attorney and Okaloosa County Sheriff Charlie Morris expressed concerns about enforcement and legalities.

Destin business owner Charles Morgan said murderers aren't being monitored in the same way, and asked why drunk drivers aren't watched more closely.

Councilman Dewey Destin Junior voted in favor of the ordinance, but also called the city's plan a “fluff.”

The council also voted to allow the sheriff to hire an investigator that will make monitoring sex offenders in Destin a priority.

Several other Florida cities have already extended buffer zones around schools and other protected sites.

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