Fort Myers residents fight against drug rehab facility proposal

Author: Christina Lusby
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FORT MYERS, Fla.- Parents and neighbors are expressing their concerns about a proposed drug rehab facility opening.

Residents of the neighborhood off Winkler Avenue say they do not want the center near a school and their homes.

“Once again this isn’t about a rehab facility, this is about compatibility with the local area,” said Tom Burt. He’s organized a petition called “Save our Community.”

“The public outcry and support has been overwhelming. We have sent out over 6,400 mailers, about 2,500 emails,” said Burt.

Florida SouthWestern College and Canterbury Schools are within walking distance of the proposal.

The case now being heard by a county committee.

“We hope our community voice is heard we hope the public outcry is recognized by the planning board and also the committee,” said Burt.

If the million dollar home is rezoned, it would be turned into a 90 bed facility that provides in and out patient care. The application says it would have 24/7 security.

For the first time, WINK News is hearing from the director of the proposed rehab facility.

“We are going to come into and hope to dispel the fears with facts,” said Tom Mouracade. “We are going to create a safe and peaceful environment where people can come and have opportunity to get well.”

Neighbors stand behind their fight, saying this home is not the proper location.

“I can tell you that this is one driven neighborhood where we will do whatever it takes to protect our community,” said Burt.

The meeting Wednesday night was so neighbors could learn more about the proposed project.

An official public hearing on the matter will take place, at a later date, with Lee County officials.

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