A central Indiana fishing camp called Pine Lakes is facing losing its cabins. Its crime? Housing paroled criminals. But not just any criminals. Sex offenders who couldn't find a place to lay their heads within the confines of the law.
But the sex offenders aren't the problem. Or so says the town's government. The problem is the parolees listed the camp as their permanent residency. Pine Lakes is zoned for temporary visits, not residency.
“I think the situation is going to be resolved. The real problem was that there was a person leasing the facility that either wasn't clear or didn't understand that those were not supposed to be permanent type of residences,” said Town Council President Don Henderson when asked about the situation.
The town gave Pine Lakes an ultimatum. Remove the cabins within 120 days or pay a fine of $2,500 a day. But 120 days seems more than enough, considering the Pendleton Board of Zoning Appeals is supposed to revisit Pine Lakes's zoning variance on April 19.