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Zoning board approves residential cancer center in Brooksville


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—A divided planning and zoning commission Monday approved a special exception use permit allowing a Spring Hill woman to operate a cancer center out of a renovated home.

The 3-2 vote was mainly due to a disagreement over operating hours. Commissioner Denis Riley called for hours of operation to be from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Other members believed that was excessive and over and above what Prince wanted, which was 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

One neighbor spoke against the proposal, saying the single-family home on 10844 Nicholas Ave., east of U.S. 41 was the wrong spot for such an intense use.

But Prince said traffic problems will not occur because any activities will be scheduled at certain times and that the majority of the daytime hours will consist of volunteers answering phones and directing people to proper agencies or scheduling appointments.

“It is not open where people can walk in anytime they want,” she said.

Prince said the home will cater to people who have cancer, have fought the disease and their families. They will meet periodically to talk, network or engage in activities such as arts and crafts and yoga.

It will be free and open to all county residents, she said. No one will live on the property and it will be run by volunteers.

Prince is the founder of Lady’s Freedom Ride, Inc. and is working with the Breast Cancer Foundation of Florida to put together the program.

The home will have to be remodeled and the well must be fixed.

Board members applauded price for her initiative. Prince, who is seeking to operate as a non-profit, charitable organization, said she is reaching out to other counties to get something like this started in their communities.

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