Businesswomen Caught In Florida-Georgia Red Tape

By: Andy Alcock
By: Andy Alcock

A border war of sorts has developed between Florida and Georgia.

It involves bureaucrats from both states with two small businesswomen caught in the middle.

Deloris Maxwell tells us she's invested her life savings to open an assisted living center.

Several rooms are ready to go and so is she.

If you head straight north from Monticello, right before you see the welcome to Georgia sign is State Line Road.

Take a right and down the road on your left is the place Deloris plans to call "Annie's House of Love and Care".

"We've been working, working buying everything to get it on the floor," said Deloris.

Reporter: "So this is your dream to run this place?"
Deloris: "Yes it is."

Deloris is renting the building from Peggy Watkins.

Watkins tells us she's borrowed $100,00 to get the building ready to open.

"There's been setback after setback after setback and right now, we don't know what to do," said Watkins.

The problem is most of the facility is in Florida.

But a small part of the dining room and all of the kitchen are in Georgia.

In past years when the facility was open, Florida took care of all the code enforcement and licensing.

But the ladies tell us neither Florida nor Georgia will license the kitchen.

Bureacrats from each state say its the other one's responsibility.

"I hope that both states can get together and come to some kind of agreement," said Watkins.

"If I had ever dreamed all this would've come about, I would've not taken the step to continue what I'm doing," said Deloris.
Reporter: "Now you're committed."
Deloris: "Very."

A Florida Department of Health spokesman tells us it's up to Georgia to license the kitchen.

We were unable to reach a Georgia representative for comment.

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