MIAMI
03/23/2012 11:24 am ET | Updated May 09, 2012

Miami Commissioners Sue Florida Department Of Corrections For Sex Offender Camp In Shorecrest

Miami City Commissioners voted Thursday to sue the Florida Department of Corrections for allegedly sending sex offenders to live at a makeshift camp at NE 79th Street and 10th Avenue in Shorecrest, according to the Miami City Clerk's Office.

The resolution, sponsored by Commissioner Marc Sarnoff, authorizes:

the city attorney to seek injunctive relief, or any other actions at law or in equity to prevent the State of Florida Department of Corrections from relocating sexual predators and offenders to live on the public right of way in the city including, but not limited to, the Upper Eastside region of the city, in an effort to preserve and protect the public's health, safety and welfare.

The resolution passed unanimously Thursday night, Maribel Martinez of the Miami City Clerk's Office told HuffPost Miami, but Mayor Tomás Regalado still needs to approve it.

Miami Police Commander Manuel Morales told CBS Miami that he spoke with several of the offenders, who all came to the Shorecrest camp the same way -- on suggestion from their probation officer.

Offenders told him that the officers always ask where they are going to go. When they admit they have nowhere to go, one offender told Morales "they hand me this little piece of paper that says the address of 970 E. 79th St."

The Florida Department of Corrections denied sending the men to that location, CBS Miami reports.

According to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, 98 registered sex offenders live within 1/4 mile of Northeast 79th Street and 10th Avenue in Shorecrest.

“We need to send a message to the state that it’s certainly not a proper act,” Sarnoff told the Miami Herald.

While state law prohibits sex offenders from living within 1,000 feet from schools, Miami more than doubled that number to 2,500 feet in 2005.

Such strict laws have caused camps like Shorecrest to pop up as well as the 2007 infamous sex offender camp under the Julia Tuttle Causeway.

In 2010, the Miami-Dade Homeless Trust paid for temporary housing for the Julia Tuttle offenders to clear the camp.

WATCH: A look at how some are looped into sex offender status:

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