Re. "Newport council weighing Morningside agreement," (July 25): Loved the article! What was of special interest to me was the fact that our city has to spend the time and money to not only field the complaints of these businesses, but also issue violation notices. Not to mention the time and energy spent trying to get these businesses into compliance, going back again and again.
In this current economy, the city shouldn't have to shoulder the expense of policing these special agreement businesses! We had a son-in-law who was in recovery himself, and he made his living for a brief while in the recovery home business. And it is very lucrative. These companies rent a residential house (at residential rates), then put two to four (or more) beds in a room and charge each occupant for their recovery time (and the money to pay for this recovery time is more often than not money from a government agency).