Port Orange to consider putting signs in yards of sex predators

City Council to consider policy at meeting

PORT ORANGE, Fla. - The Port Orange City Council will consider placing public notice signs in front of sexual predators' homes.

Vice Mayor Don Burnette says he is proposing a policy that would require red public notice signs, with the offender's name on it, placed on city-owned right of ways in front of their homes.

"Those are the most dangerous of offenders," he said. "I feel like we have a right and a duty and an obligation to let people know."

The signs would only apply to sexual predators living in the city -- not sex offenders. Of the 64 sexual offenders living in the city, four are sexual predators who have been convicted of a first-degree felony sex crime or two second-degree felony sex crimes.

The proposed policy, modeled after the Florida city of Perry, will be discussed at Tuesday's council meeting.

Some residents say the signs would attract negative attention and could make the predators targets.

"I don't want people thinking it's this house," said Johnny Garrett, whose friend lives next door to a sexual predator.

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