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Bonifay Drug Rehab

A Northwest Florida neighborhood is at odds with a faith-based drug program.

McGee Road homeowners in Bonifay feel their lives would be endangered by placing a halfway house on their block. And, the dispute appears to be headed to court.

Retired Florida highway patrol officer, Jackie Baggett, lives next door to a home recently bought by Teen Challenge International. Its director, Pastor Dave Rutledge, tells News 4 the Christian based organization plans to use the McGee Road house for its students who “don't" have serous behavioral problems.

But, Baggett says this is not the place.

At a Bonifay council meeting, the city attorney was directed to draw up a letter stating that such a facility is in violation of city codes and the town's comprehensive plan.

Teen Challenge operates a one-hundred acre ranch outside of Esto. Through the Bible and a boot camp training regimen, the organization says it has been successful in getting young people off drugs.

Teen Challenge International representatives say the Tampa-based Christian defense fund will represent them in court over the zoning issue in Bonifay.


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