It was disappointing to read the editorial “Why state was wrong to rush,” regarding the A.G. Holley State Hospital site.
The comment that Lantana officials “schemed” about getting rid of Florida’s only tuberculosis hospital is far from the truth. Lantana officials and residents participated in a Florida Department of Health study to provide a state-of-the-art hospital on the A.G. Holley site. The town and the state had a good working relationship drafting the master plan for the Florida Institute for Public Health. When it appeared that the plan was not going to be carried forward, the state determined it to be in the best interest to close down A.G. Holley, which was costing Florida residents approximately $10 million per year to treat 40 patients.
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