- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 2, 2015

FREDERICK, Md. (AP) - The Frederick County Council has rejected a plan to turn a former presidential fishing spot near Thurmont into a drug rehabilitation center linked to the Church of Scientology.

The council voted 6-1 on Tuesday against placing Trout Run on the county’s historic register, The News-Post of Frederick reports (https://bit.ly/1GjApKn). The designation would have enabled Social Betterment Properties to make changes otherwise barred by land-use restrictions.

The church’s real-estate arm had plans to turn the rustic retreat into a Narconon residential treatment center. The program is based on methods developed by Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard.

The 40-acre resort in the Catoctin Mountains was visited by presidents Herbert Hoover and Dwight Eisenhower.

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Information from: The Frederick (Md.) News-Post, https://www.fredericknewspost.com

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