Hollywood Homeless Advocate Moves to Central Florida

Hollywood Homeless Advocate Moves to Central Florida
Posted at 6:21 AM, Mar 31, 2015
and last updated 2015-03-31 02:25:29-04

HAINES CITY, Fla. (AP) — A man who ran a homeless shelter in South Florida is planning to buy a 125-room central Florida motel where he'll rent rooms to tenants for up to $24 a day.

Sean Cononie ran the Homeless Voice shelter for more than a decade before Hollywood officials agreed last week to pay him $5 million to leave town.

The South Florida Sun-Sentinel ( ) reports Cononie took 112 people with him to Haines City. He has a contract to buy a former Howard Johnson motel in Haines City for $2 million.

Deputy Polk County manager Gary Hester questions whether the property is zoned for a homeless shelter. But Cononie calls it a low-income hotel.

Hollywood officials say the shelter will be torn down and the property will be sold.


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