A big thank-you to Rep. David Vieira and the AIDS Support Group of Cape Cod for their collaborative effort in reaching a solution beneficial to all involved.

A big thank-you also to selectmen for hosting the community forum on sober homes.

As Falmouth becomes the potential host to a comprehensive array of emerging addiction services, town hall must rapidly create, modify, and enforce regulations to manage community impact. The community forum on sober homes seems only the tip of the iceberg with the preeminent issue being how to protect residents while ensuring addiction service quality care.

The Falmouth Board of Selectmen’s strategic priority area of enhanced community engagement hit a high note Tuesday night. Hopefully the board’s effort will incite the regulatory leaders on Falmouth’s planning board to pick up the torch, engage the community in addressing these emerging issues, so that a framework for managing future local addiction service development is realized.

Addiction services are the new emerging industry. And like any new emerging industry, it requires a sea of change and innovation in the regulatory environment. I believe Falmouth’s planning board and staff are up to the task.

Mark Cool

Fire Tower Road

Falmouth

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