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Date of Issue: February 13, 2008

No new sex offenders on Island, one in Cortez

There are no new convicted sex offenders living on Anna Maria Island, according to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s Web site at www.fdle.state.fl.us.

Several Bradenton Beach readers responded to The Islander with alarm when they observed that a convicted sex offender had registered his address with the FDLE on Dec. 22, 2007, for the 100 block of Ninth Street North in December, but Bradenton Beach Police Chief Sam Speciale said the registration was just a routine “re-registration.”

Under Florida law, convicted sex offenders are required to post their address with the FDLE at least once a year or when they move. Speciale said the man was just re-registering his address.

He said the man has lived in Bradenton Beach for the past several years without incident.

Bradenton Beach police, along with their counterparts in Holmes Beach and Anna Maria, keep all known sex offenders living on the Island under surveillance with routine in-person inspections and discussions on a regular basis.

Another convicted sex offender who had lived in Bradenton Beach left the Island last year, as did a sex offender living on Spring Avenue in Anna Maria.

A convicted sex offender who lived in the 4400 block of Gulf Drive in Holmes Beach about 200 yards from the Anna Maria Elementary School voluntarily moved back to the mainland in 2006 because of negative publicity after his presence was noted in a story in The Islander.

Only one other convicted sex offender lives on Anna Maria Island. The man, who has completed his sentence and has been released from supervision, has lived in the 6000 block of Flotilla Drive for a number of years without further incident.

In Cortez, however, a convicted sex offender recently moved to the 10000 block of 46th Avenue West. Three other convicted sex offenders currently live in the Cortez area, one in the 4700 block of 129th Street West, another in the 4500 block of 124th Street West, and the third resides on Kingston Street. All four individuals have been released from supervision.

To learn more about convicted sex offenders living in or near a particular neighborhood, go to the FDLE Web site at www.fdle.state.fl.us.