DELRAY BEACH — This city has often been described as the epicenter of the addiction industry, so it’s not surprising that many of the headline-grabbing stories out of Delray Beach in 2016 revolved around sober homes and overdoses.
That’s certainly not all that happened at this city by the sea. Take a look for yourself.
Here are five newsworthy stories out of Delray Beach in 2016:
Delray Beach saw more heroin-related overdoses and overdose deaths than ever before this year. The spike prompted police and fire rescue to request more officers and firefighter/paramedics to combat the call volume.
The county-wide epidemic sparked The Palm Beach Post’s investigation, Heroin: Killer of A Generation. The project lays out the scope of an epidemic that killed 216 people from overdoses in the county in 2015.
Delray Beach has already taken steps to regulate the booming sober home industry after the release of federal guidelines earlier this year.
The city sees an opportunity to limit the number of sober homes in a given area, something they haven’t been able to do in the past.
Aside from being known for its recovery industry, Delray Beach was also known for its many festivals and parades. But not as of 2016.
The city passed rules that restrict the number of major events in the downtown. That forced out a handful of festivals — most notably Garlic Fest, which moved to suburban Lake Worth — and put financial pressure on others.
While this high-profile slaying didn’t happen in Delray Beach, Greg Bryant Jr. was a rising star in this city. The American Heritage football star was five-star recruit, who started his college career at Notre Dame before later transferring to the University of Alabama-Birmingham.
He was shot in a vehicle on southbound Interstate 95 in West Palm Beach in May. An arrest has yet to be made in the drive-by shooting.
Jordan Parsons, an MMA-fighter from Boca Raton, was stuck by a Range Rover at the intersection of Federal Highway and Lindell Boulevard. He later died.
Delray Beach Police within days arrested a 28-year-old Boca Raton man, with a history of arrests for DUI, driving with a suspended license and marijuana possession, for the crime.