On the corner in front of his brightly painted home in the Osceola Park neighborhood of Delray Beach, retiree and newly elected City Commissioner Jim Chard gestures toward a home across the street to the northeast, a “sober house” where recovering addicts live during part of the rehab process.
He points directly across the street to the north to another sober houses. He points west. Two more sober houses. His immediate neighbor and the house just beyond to the south are sober houses. “If it were just one house, we would welcome them with open arms,” Chard says. but “it’s destroying neighborhoods.”
Jeffrey C. Lynne is a South Florida native, representing individuals and business entities relating to licensing, accreditation, regulatory compliance, business structure, marketing, real estate, zoning and litigation pertaining to substance abuse treatment facilities and sober living residences. Mr. Lynne has been recognized across the region as a leader in progressive public dialogue about the role that substance abuse treatment has within our communities and the fundamental need and right to provide safe and affordable housing for those who are both in treatment for addiction and alcoholism as well as those who are established in their recovery.