FL: MOSQUE GETS APPROVAL TO GROW
Hernando County's lone mosque received approval Monday for a significant expansion.
The Barclay Avenue mosque plans to expand to more than seven times its current size, creating a single-story building with space for offices, community events and 3, 790 square feet of assembly space for prayer.
The five-member Hernando County Planning and Zoning Commission unanimously recommended approval to revise a special use permit that will allow the expansion of the mosque.
Neighbors complained Monday about the noise and traffic from the mosque. Afterward, several criticized the commissioners for not giving them enough time to air their concerns.
Dr. Husam Shuayb, spokesman for the mosque, assured the board that the first daily prayers begin about 6 a.m., and that the last prayers of the day by 10:30 p.m. at the latest.
Commissioner Anna-Liisa Covell noted that the commission did not restrict the hours of worship at churches, and could not do so in this case.