Attorney: City can’t trump state authority over Narconon

DESTIN — Destin’s hands are tied if Narconon Gulf Coast wants to open a home for recovering addicts in a city neighborhood, a city attorney says.

“I’m aware that you’re tempted to shoot the messenger on this because it may not be popular with all the residents,” City Land-Use Attorney

Scott Shirley told the City Council Monday. “It’s something the city’s required to accept.”
Narconon Gulf Coast wants to open a “community residential home” for recovering addicts, in addition to the larger treatment center Narconon already operates in town. The possibility has generated a flood of calls to City Hall, particularly from Emerald Breeze, one subdivision where

Narconon has looked at buying a home.

Last month, Shirley told the council that under Florida law, the city couldn’t prevent Narconon from opening a state-licensed home if it held less than six people. Councilor Destin said Boca Raton had recently fought against a similar rehab facility and asked Shirley to investigate whether Boca Raton’s approach could be adopted in Destin.

In a word: No.