Scientology front group Narconon rehab to relocate to Clearwater after settlement


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Scientology front group Narconon rehabilitation center to relocate to Clearwater after settlement.

Scientology is expanding, in this case with the help of taxpayer money.

Tampa Bay Times: Suncoast Rehabilitation Center to relocate to Clearwater after settlement

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SPRING HILL — After winning a nearly $2 million settlement from Hernando County over a botched land use decision five years ago, the Church of Scientology-affiliated Suncoast Rehabilitation Center has announced plans to move from Spring Hill to a new, larger facility under construction in Clearwater.

The new facility, which is expected to be ready next year, will offer 35,000 square feet for treatment of patients with addictions, compared with 5,000 square feet at the current facility off Cessna Drive.

A recently issued news release notes that, although illicit drug use is increasing in the country, many Americans have not sought treatment for their addictions. Providing a larger facility will "be an effort towards fixing this discrepancy,'' according to the release.

The new facility will have room for up to 60 beds, compared with the current 27. Additionally, the new building will be large enough to offer all elements of the treatment program in a single location, something not possible at the Spring Hill facility. A commercial kitchen is also planned.

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