College Park residents say proposed marijuana dispensary would be too close to local high schools – WFTV Orlando

COLLEGE PARK, Fla. — The applicant of a proposed medical marijuana dispensary plans to move a facility between two high schools.

The facility would transform an old Amscot building on Edgewater Drive and Dowd Avenue, between Edgewater High and Bishop Moore High Schools.

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The property is in unincorporated Orange County.

Residents and parents are upset that the applicant is not within the state zoning laws and has applied for a variance C-2 zoning district to allow a separation of 338ft between the facility and the closest high school instead of 500ft.

Florida zoning laws state any medical marijuana dispensing facility cannot be within 500 feet of the real property that comprises a public or private elementary school, middle school, or secondary school unless granted a waiver.

“It’s just not good for the school,” said Billie Wargo, a resident of College Park.

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Wargo has lived in the neighborhood for more than 40 years. She said Edgewater Drive is the main artery for students, both walking and driving.

“I don’t think it’s a good fit. High school students, there could be an issue there,” said Carla Niosi, a resident of

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