OUR OPINION: The shantytown of sex offenders under the Julia Tuttle Causeway is fast becoming a public-safety and health crisis
The year: 2020. The place: Under the Julia Tuttle Causeway. Population: 500 homeless sex offenders living in a shantytown created with the help of state and local officials. There's an outbreak of tuberculosis in the camp, which the felons leave each day to work.
The pollution in the bay has worsened as make-shift toilets flush into the once turquoise waters.
Meanwhile, the courts are still trying to decide if state and local laws went too far.
It may seem like a far-fetched scenario -- 500 men, including a smattering of women, living in tents and rotting wooden cabins under a bridge that links cosmopolitan Miami to tourist mecca Miami Beach. But it's not. Just three years ago -- after the Miami-Dade Commission passed its
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