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Paradise Residents Opposed to Proposed Retreat Camp

Paradise Residents Opposed to Proposed Retreat Camp

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PARADISE, Utah (AP) -- More than 100 Paradise residents don't want an Ogden Baptist church to build a retreat next to their town.

They say they're worried juvenile delinquents might show up instead of honeymooners and nature lovers.

Ogden's Second Baptist Church recently bought 19 acres of unincorporated Cache County land adjacent to the Paradise border.

Church officials said they plan to hold retreats for married couples, singles and youth at the campground.

The Reverend Charles Petty says the church's original master plan also proposed a youth crime treatment program -- but that has since been removed.

But that hasn't stopped 114 Paradise residents from signing an appeal to the church's permit. They say they're still worried about what type of youth will be attending the camp.

The permit appeal will be considered by the county Board of Adjustment on Thursday.

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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