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Newport Settles Rehab Homes Lawsuit

Morningside Recovery in Newport Beach. (Patch file photo)
Morningside Recovery in Newport Beach. (Patch file photo)
Newport Beach has settled a lawsuit tied to Morningside Recovery, an organization which operates substance abuse rehab homes in Newport Beach and Costa Mesa, the city announced Monday.

The terms of the settlement require Newport Beach to pay the citizens group Maintain Our Residential Neighborhoods $60,000, officials reported. MORN brought the lawsuit against Newport Beach in February 2011, alleging a city zoning agreement which allowed Morningside to operate in residential areas was invalid and did not properly regulate sober living facilities.

The City Council, in July 2011, terminated its agreement that allowed Morning Recovery to operate several rehab homes in Newport Beach due to alleged violations.

Over the years residents have complained Morningside's residents have disrupted the Lido Village neighborhood with noise, parking issues and smoke among other allegations.

MORN followed up with a petition for legal action, but in August a judge ruled in favor of the city.

"After much consideration of this matter, both MORN and the city have come to the conclusion that it is in everyone’s best interest to move forward in the spirit of collaboration," Mary Locey, city spokeswoman, said in a released statement.

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