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Protest & Forum Today About Woodville Thrift Store Housing Sex Offenders

Protest, School Forum About Woodville Hwy Thrift Store Housing Sex Offenders
Posted at 8:59 AM, Apr 07, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-07 07:27:22-04

TALLAHASSEE, FL (WTXL) -- After learning that the Good Samaritan Thrift Store on Woodville Highway is being used to house sex offenders, a group of citizens plan to protest outside of the store Thursday from 4 to 6 p.m.

The store is also less than a mile away from Woodville Elementary, which has parents concerned.

Superintendent Jackie Pons, Commissioner Bill Proctor and a representative from the Leon County Sherriff Office will be in attendance at a forum to listen to concerns from the Woodville Community Thursday night at 6:15pm in the Woodville School Media Center.

Wednesday, a letter a cease and desist letter was sent to the store, because they are not zoned for transitional housing.

According to an email sent by the County Administrator Vince Long, the Sheriff's Office has received complaints regarding the facility housing registered sex offenders. However, the letter states that there are no criminal violations, and that, "...[the Sheriff's] deputies report that the program appears to be very well run, is providing re-entry jobs to past offenders, and appears to be abiding by strict programmatic supervision and behavior criteria in concert with the DOC."