Village of sex offenders in Palm Beach County

May 23, 2013 11:00AM

Miracle Village

Forty miles from the city of Palm Beach, surrounded by fields of sugarcane, corn and green beans, is Miracle Village, a community of convicted of sex offenders, an op-ed video on the New York Times’ Web site reported.

Prohibited by Florida law from living within 1,000 feet from where children congregate, about a hundred offenders request information about living in the village, mainly supported by a Christian ministry, each day.

Pat Powers, an aging sex offender with a sizeable paunch, is among 107 people who constitute Miracle Village, where the housing stock dates to 1964, when it was erected for sugarcane workers.

“I was convicted of lewd and lascivious behavior with a minor,” Power said. “Prior to that, I was one of the top racquetball coaches in the world.”

In addition to donations, residents earn an income from odd jobs and a lawn care business. [New York Times]Emily Schmall