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North Beach detox center vote delayed until September

A proposal to convert an existing 12-bed assisted living facility for the elderly into a 56-bed detox center in Normandy Isles has kicked up a stir in the neighborhood. This rendering is of the proposed facility.
A proposal to convert an existing 12-bed assisted living facility for the elderly into a 56-bed detox center in Normandy Isles has kicked up a stir in the neighborhood. This rendering is of the proposed facility.

The controversial plan to open a detox center on Normandy Isle won’t go to the Miami Beach planning board until late September.

At Tuesday’s planning board meeting, city planners requested more time to analyze the proposal, which has drawn the ire of many neighbors in recent weeks. The analysis will include input from a consultant who specializes on medical facilities.

“We are waiting for a staff report that has not been completed,” said Eve Boutsis, deputy city attorney.

Many nearby homeowners associations, schools and houses of worship have come out in opposition to the plan to expand an existing 12-bed assisted living facility for the elderly to a 56-bed detox center for drug addicts to take the first steps to recovery.

The proposal for the center comes from Mark Epley, executive director of a luxe rehab center in the Hamptons, and Rick Yune, a star from the first “Fast and the Furious” film. Epley’s pitch was met with angst from several neighbors at a community meeting in June.

The item is now expected to go before the planning board Sept. 27.

Joey Flechas: 305-376-3602, @joeflech

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