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County Sent Sick, Dying to Facility that Lost ALF License

Carolina Hidalgo
The Florida Channel
Leon County Judge John Cooper on June 30, 2022, in a screen grab from The Florida Channel.

Bay Gardens Retirement Village in Tampa no longer has a license to operate as an assisted living facility. As the Tampa Bay Times reports, the facility lost that license in 2010 after years of endangering and neglecting patients. But as a review of public records and interviews with former tenants by the Times shows, Hillsborough County continued to pay for people to live there, even though many of them were sick and needed more care than Bay Gardens was able or allowed to provide. 

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