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Miami city commissioners vote to sue Florida Department of Corrections over sex offenders

Miami city commissioners voted unanimously Thursday to sue the state Department of Corrections in a bid to stanch the flow of newly released sexual offenders from state prisons to city streets and bridge underpasses.

The issue made headlines again several weeks ago after The Miami Herald reported that about a dozen male sexual offenders on probation were living on a sidewalk at Northeast 79th Street and 10th Avenue, in the Shorecrest neighborhood.

“We need to send a message to the state that it’s certainly not a proper act,” said Commissioner Marc Sarnoff, who represents the area.

In other business, the commission agreed to provide free city parking lots to Little Havana residents who are losing their street parking on Miami Marlins game days, and to sell the freebie tickets they receive to the Sony Ericsson tennis tournament and Marlins home games.

Regarding the sexual offenders, commissioners and administrators expressed frustration with again facing the problem only two years after authorities rousted 100 sex offenders who had set up a makeshift camp under the Julia Tuttle Causeway. The corrections department was aware of that site and listed it as the ex-cons’ official address. More from Charles Rabin here.