Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Commissioners Nix Port LaBelle Drug-Alcohol Rehab Facility

Citizens And County Commission Say Rehab Facility Is Bad Idea

MOORE HAVEN, FL -- At the request of Glades County and Hendry County citizens who reside in Port LaBelle, the Glades County Board of Commissioners unanimously adopted a resolution at it's Monday night meeting, opposing the change in zoning uses to allow industrial and religious use of the Port LaBelle Inn.

St. Mathews House, Inc. of Naples had applied last month for the change to be able to provide a drug and alcohol rehab facility at the Port LaBelle Inn. The organization has a contract to purchase the 48-room hotel subject to being able to get county permission to operate a rehab facility.

The commissioners said the described uses the St. Matthews House are applying for are not compatible with Hendry’s Comprehensive Land Use plan and Future Land Use Map.

Glades County owners of property in Port LaBelle addressed the Board last night, including Han Mouthaan, Dwayne House, Walt Ferguson and Hendry County resident Jack Zorn, who lives 50 feet from the Hendry-Glades county line. 

Chairman Donna Storter read the resolution into the record, Commissioner Echols moved to approve and Commissioner Beck seconded the motion.

Commissioner Beck commented at length about the inappropriateness of the Port LaBelle Inn location for such a facility. The Inn is sited right near the Hendry-Glades County line with its parking lot in Glades County, across the street from Port LaBelle Marina, owned by Dwayne House. House had previously made plans to eventually put housing units around the marina, now used as a pasture.

Chairman Storter requested the motion to include instructions to submit the Resolution to the Chairman of the Hendry County Local Planning Agency which will be considering the Saint Matthews House application at its January 15, 2014 meeting, and to the Chairman of the Hendry County Board of County Commissioners who will make the final decision on the application at a public meeting on January 28, 2014.

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous5:20 PM

    This area obviously doesn't want any help with the epidemic it faces.