Iowa faced same sex-offender residency crisis as Florida

A flock of sex offenders camping out in alleys, sleeping under bridges and hiding in places where police can't keep track of them.

A patchwork of inconsistent city, township and county laws carving out zones where sex offenders are not welcome.

And squeamish politicians petrified, afraid that if they try to craft a fix, their next attack ad will be a snapshot of them with their arms around a sexual predator.

Sound familiar?

It may all seem like Miami-Dade's quandary over what to do with the sex offenders living under the Julia Tuttle Causeway — but it's not.

Iowa leaders faced nearly the same issues, but in April they settled things by doing something Florida hasn't found the political will to do: change its sexual-predator law.

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