Reporter: Alex Zequeira
Secret sex at public beaches opened the eyes of lawmakers promoting change. Now, state leaders are hashing out a new bill designed to strengthen the punishments against people caught committing those crimes.
The new bill came about after a Fox 29 I-Team Investigation uncovered lude and lascivious activity at beaches. That bill is now going to the State House.
Representative William Snyder filed the bill to make it a felony crime to have sex on the beach, in public parks or near schools.
After we aired our I-Team report on indecent exposure, the committee on Homeland Security & Public Safety discussed the bill being discussed in Tallahassee Wednesday.
Right now, anyone caught committing the crime faces a misdemeanor punishable by a $1,000 fine. But, if the state legislature passes the bill, violators will go to jail with a felony record.
Representative Snyder hopes that passage of this bill will deter people from exposing themselves or having sex in public parks and beaches to help law enforcement get a grip on this problem.