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Shuttered Red Rose Inn may become drug rehab center

The swimming pool at the Red Rose Inn and Suites in Plant City. The Red Rose Inn is one of the assets of the Madonia's that will be auctioned off. [EVE EDELHEIT | Times]
The swimming pool at the Red Rose Inn and Suites in Plant City. The Red Rose Inn is one of the assets of the Madonia's that will be auctioned off. [EVE EDELHEIT | Times]
Published Aug. 11, 2015

PLANT CITY — A company has filed a rezoning application with Plant City officials to convert the once-popular Red Rose Inn & Suites into a drug and alcohol rehabilitation facility.

Florida Rehabilitation & Recovery Services proposed converting half of the 270-room motel into an 80-room rehab facility. It would be on the eastern half of the property. The western half would be used as a motel or other use.

"It is unlikely the property will ever again be used strictly as a motel and thus is ripe for an alternative use and/or redevelopment," according to the application summary.

Up to 150 clients could be served in a variety of treatment programs. All clients would be monitored 24 hours a day and prohibited from leaving the premises. There also would be gated access.

"Clients have no interaction with the outside community," according to the summary.

The proposed facility is modeled after White Sands, a rehab center in Fort Myers owned by Florida Rehabilitation & Recovery.

The Red Rose Inn once served as a thriving spot for dancing, charity balls and live music. But it has been shuttered since owners Batista and Evelyn Madonia lost the motel several years ago because of financial difficulties.

— Amber Jurgensen, Plant City Times & Observer

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