Miami Sex Offenders Live Under a Bridge - Two years later
Two years later, the Miami under-bridge sex offender community is revisited. It's grown, but conditions are not any better (but then again, why should it be any better). They made horrible mistakes which cost them their lives, but for the remaining Sailer audience who spend inordinate time on the internet, sexually frustrated with your failure to deal with women, stuck in miserable marriages and depressed lives, you better seriously consider getting away from the internet and the likes of Steve Sailer. Otherwise, you can join this reclusive community.
Miami sex offenders still living under bridge
52 people call it home, say they're ostracized and can't find housing
MIAMI - A sandy shoreline runs outside Patrick Wiese's front door. A white crane toes through gentle blue-green waters as the sun beams overhead. The view of downtown is spectacular, the fishing good and the rent free.
Yet he'd give it all up for a bed in a warehouse.
Wiese is among 52 sex offenders living under a busy bridge over Biscayne Bay that connects Miami to Miami Beach. The state insisted two years ago it would urge them to leave, but the community has only grown.
It has become a makeshift town of parolees and others who struggle to find affordable housing that doesn't violate strict local ordinances against sex offenders living too close to schools, parks and other places children congregate.
In the angled area where the bridge meets a concrete slope, residents have put up domed tents, a shack housing a makeshift kitchen, a camper, even a weight bench. They've spray painted the slope and the pillars supporting the bridge: "We 'R' Not Monsters." "They Treat Animals Better!!!" "Why?"
"They throw us under here and just hope that we can do something ourselves," said 47-year-old Wiese, standing in the doorway to a small shack made of collected wood scraps. "If I was a murderer, they would help me, they would find me a home, they would find me a job."
Started in 2007
The community started in 2007 with a few men camping out beneath the Julia Tuttle Causeway, the result of rules strengthened in Miami-Dade County two years earlier and a bevy of overlapping local ordinances. A year later, there were 19, and the state vowed it would help them find housing. That never happened, and more kept arriving.