Boynton Beach continues with six-month ban of group, sober homes

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The Boynton Beach City Commissioners voted a second time Monday night to continue with a moratorium on group homes for six months.

Group homes include sober homes, as well as homes for the elderly or foster children.

City staff requested the halt to have time to review the updated guidelines pertaining to group homes released Nov. 10 by the U.S. Departments of Justice and Housing and Urban Development, and see if changes need to be made to city regulations.

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The moratorium gives some relief to those Boynton Beach residents who have complained to city officials for months, at least, about the sharp increase of sober homes opening in their single-family home neighborhoods. Residents say they bring an increase in traffic, noise, and attention from police and paramedics.

“That has been the hottest topic, the most pressing issue, in our cities around here with respect to single family environments,” Rumpf previously told The Palm Beach Post.

The commissioners unanimously approved the moratorium without discussion Dec. 6. Monday’s meeting was a public hearing and a second vote.

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