Your staff writer, Joe Capozzi, deserves a reward for the information he gleaned from officials who attended the meeting with U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Assistant Secretary Gustavo Velasquez regarding sober homes in Palm Beach County neighborhoods.
Even though the meeting was closed to reporters, Capozzi managed to learn that HUD may try to respond to the problems presented by sober houses. Hopefully, this effort may occur thanks to The Post’s previous article that reported on how citizens are arming themselves out of fear surrounding this issue.
Nevertheless, I am not confident, given that Lois Frankel admits that Congress, where she serves, probably won’t help.
Instead, the HUD bureaucrat, in usual fashion, advises mayors across the country to create a legal defense fund, presumably at taxpayers’ expense, for the expenses involved. I am not confident on that approach, either.
Frankel needs to do the right thing and present a comprehensive bill, with her colleagues, that addresses the problems Congress created through the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Fair Housing Act, both of which are handcuffing our municipalities, which are striving to preserve safe environments for ourselves and our children.
DALE GLAESER, NORTH PALM BEACH