Destin not giving up on blocking Narconon

New court rulings in South Florida may give Destin the power to stop Narconon Gulf Coast from opening a halfway house in a single-family neighborhood, City Councilor Dewey Destin says.

“Give the land-use attorney the chance to do his job,” Councilor Destin told the council Monday, after which the council voted unanimously to have Land-Use Attorney Scott Shirley study the Boca Raton cases in question.

The drug treatment program Narconon has been controversial because of its ties to Scientology, and became even more controversial when Destin residents learned the local branch wants to open a “community residential home” in Destin for recovering addicts, in addition to the larger treatment center Narconon already operates.