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.