After a lifetime of battling alcoholism, Sharon Mays-Tremain knew she wanted to open a home for other addicts to pass along the lessons she had learned, reports the St. Petersburg Times. She got her opportunity in 1997, when she found four small, stucco houses tucked on a shady cul-de-sac in the tiny retirement town of Warm Mineral Springs. She bought the homes and, over the years, welcomed the broke and the broken.
But the community wasn’t happy with its new neighbors. People complained of noise and feared an increase in crime. They asked Sarasota County to shut the project down. Now those humble homes are at the center of a $5-million dispute that stretches all the way to Washington, D.C. Mays-Tremain’s dream, and the lives of 27 addicts, hang in the balance.