LEE COUNTY, Fla. - A bill that would crack down on drug dealers and gang activity in Florida is making its way through the House and Senate.
HB 1443 would expand the list of locations that could be cited if criminal activity takes place there.
So far, the measure has gained the support of 2 House committees, but some property owners are concerned, if made law, the bill could punish the wrong people.
Currently, a property can be cited as a "public nuisance" if it's the site of a drug deal or gang activity more than twice in a 6-month period. With the proposal, locations where drugs are being stored would also be included.
The property owner could be forced to pay a fine per violation, or for each day the violation continues, up to a total of $15,000.
After 11 years running the Tice Motel, owner Kap Moon has kicked out his fair share of guests for criminal activity, like drug-dealing and prostitution. While he thinks the measure has good intentions, Moon fears it could mean he would pay the price if one of his guests breaks the law.
"When the business owner doesn't have anything to do with the matter -- their tenants are doing it -- sometimes they can't help what their tenants do," says Moon.