Despite passionate pleas from 20 residents, the St. Lucie County Commission approved a request to build an Islamic cemetery on Christensen Road.

In a 5-0 vote Tuesday, the commission approved rezoning about 5 acres on Christensen Road south of West Midway Road to institutional from agricultural residential to build a private cemetery for Baraka Center, a nonprofit Islamic educational and cultural center.

More than two dozen people attended the three-hour meeting where half the time was devoted to discussion of the cemetery.

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