EBRO -- Ebro Town Council passed an ordinance Thursday which sets new residential prohibitions for sexual predators and sexual offenders.
In regular session Thursday, the Town Council heard the final reading of Ordinance No. 17-09 the Town of Ebro, Florida Sexual Predator Ordinance, repealing Ordinance No. 2006-10 on sexual predators and offenders.
With no discussion from the public, the ordinance was unanimously approved.
The latest ordinance provides descriptions of locations where sexual offenders and predators are not allowed. It also adds "transient residence" throughout the different sections of the law.
The addition broadens the scope of who may be in violation of the 2,500-foot distance rule. The former ordinance included "permanent residence," a place where a person lives for five or more consecutive days and "temporary residence," a place where a person lives five or more days in the aggregate during a calendar year, which is not the person's permanent address, or an out-of-state resident who is in the state for employment educational or vocational reasons.
By adding "transient residence," the ordinance includes people who are in a county five or more days in the aggregate during a calendar year, including anyone who sleeps or seeks shelter at a location that has no specific street address.
It is against the law to rent a place to a sexual predator or offender within 2,500 feet of a school, bus stop, day care, park or anywhere else children regularly congregate.
The ordinance went into effect immediately.
In other business at Thursday's meeting, the council canceled December's regular meeting.
Ebro Town Council meets 6 p.m. on the first Thursday of the month at Town Hall, 6629 Dog Track Road.