Residents on an upscale island in Newport Harbor are contesting a drug-rehabilitation home that has been operating there for the past 10 years.
A lawyer for the Lido Isle Community Assn. sent a letter to the city Friday opposing a proposed agreement with Morningside Recovery, a drug and alcohol recovery operator.
This is the latest wrinkle in the nearly decade-long battle over drug rehabilitation homes in Newport Beach. Homeowners in West Newport have said that their quality of life suffers from the area having too many of the homes, and the city has spent more than $1.5 million fighting lawsuits from rehab home operators who have contested city ordinances. The most contentious ordinance was one from 2008 that forced operators to undergo an extensive public review and permitting process.