'A RISK FOR OUR COMMUNITY' or a 'SECOND CHANCE'? Narconon expansion a no go — for now
November 08, 2011http://www.thedestinlog.com/news/narconon-19771-nov-city.html
After more than three hours of testimony during its Nov. 2 meeting, the city’s Board of Adjustments (BOA) couldn’t agree on whether or not to push forward an application that would allow Narconon Gulf Coast to add more patients to its existing facility.
“Statistically, this is a risk for our community,” said Tiara Cameron, whose Crystal Beach home sits directly behind the facility. “We should err on the side of safety and precaution.”
Cameron, a mother of three, also sent a letter to the city where she wrote that city’s priority should be to “attract vacationers and not drug addicts to Destin.” As of Oct. 25, the city had received more than 20 letters in opposition to the change.
The adults-only treatment program, which has two locations in Destin, treats everything from opiate addiction and alcoholism to prescription pain killer addiction and other substance abuse problems. The non-profit organization recently submitted an application that would allow them to increase the number of “students” as they are called in their smaller facility from six to 12.
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