ORLANDO - City Council has unanimously passed a new ordinance to keep registered sex offenders even farther away from children.
Under the new ordinance, sex offenders living within the Orlando city limits may not live within 1,500 feet of a school, park, playground or daycare. The previous limit was 1,000 feet.
However, the ordinance only applies to sex offenders whose victims were under the age of 16.
Opponents of the law said they believe it will push more sex offenders into being homeless (Video, More videos).
"Then, they are just going to fall of the grid. Then we're not going to know where they're at," argued Julio Rodriguez with Offender Housing, a local real estate company specializing in finding housing for sex offenders. "Right now, by having all these people live in one area, it's easier for the Sheriff's Office, or probation and parole to come and check on them in one area where they're all living together."
"You can't totally prohibit these individuals from living in your city," said Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer. "So, we set what we thought was an appropriate boundary that could with stand any constitutional challenges."
Mayor Dyer said the city will re-evaluate the effectiveness of the ordinance within the next 12 months.