Panama City, FL –
PANAMA CITY Fla. (WMBB) – Last week News 13 first reported the opening of a sober house in a neighborhood in Panama City and the outrage it provokes among citizens who live nearby.
At Tuesday’s municipal commission meeting, those residents raised concerns.
Oxford houses exist all over the country, but locals like Hellen Longo, who lives on West Eighth Street in Panama City, believe this place won’t work.
“We need help for these people, but not when we have small children on Eighth Street,” Longo said.
According to the Oxford House website, this understated house can accommodate up to nine recovering women and their children.
Residents said they believed these women deserved a place to recover, but were concerned that this was happening in a single-family home neighborhood.
“We share a yard with them, is this going to become a parking lot,” said Bob Carter, a resident.
Residents and city officials just found out last week. Mayor Greg Brudnicki said protecting citizens remains the top priority.
“It’s the most important job we have as leaders who run the city is the safety and security of our citizens,” said Brudnicki.
City officials say they are reviewing whether or not there are code violations or other potential issues.
“It’s about making sure it’s compatible with whatever is out there,” Brudnicki said. “You have dozens and dozens of houses that were already there for the people who live there.”
News 13 contacted Oxford House for the third time and got no response.
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