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State moves to close Brevard adult care facility

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BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. - Some elderly patients in a Brevard adult care facility might have to move out if the state gets its way.

The owner of the home is in jeopardy of losing his license because the state says he opened a second facility without a license.

He says what the state is doing is illegal.

Allan Comrie is the owner of First Class Adult Family Care run out of a Titusville home.

WFTV reporter Renee Stoll stopped by Comrie's home to ask him about the state filing paperwork to revoke his license.

"Are you still operating as a facility," Stoll asked Comrie.

"Yes I' m still operating," said Comrie.

Comrie was also fined $7,000 by the state.

"It's not finished, it's not over," said Comrie.

Comrie is fighting to keep his five patients from being forced to move.

His problems stem from an adult family care facility he opened last year on Merritt Island.

State records show that Comrie didn't have a license to operate, even though he recruited patients from a local hospital.

Comrie was arrested and charged. But he calls it all false.

"The license was being processed. The license wasn't complete though. It was 90 percent. It wasn't a licensed facility. It wasn't being advertised. It says phase 2, and it was taken out of context," said Comrie.

Comrie insists he didn't have enough patients to need a license.

He said the state has no right to try to use that incident to take away the license for his current adult care facility.

Comrie said he believes there is a different motive behind the state's actions.

"They didn't want this in an upscale neighborhood. The neighborhood was against this," said Comrie.

Comrie said if he loses the battle for his license in court he can moved to patients into this home, and keep two patients in another of his homes legally while he tries to reorganize his business.