Wining and opining: Boynton woman uncorks frustrations about sober homes

Wine, or any alcohol, isn’t allowed in a sober home. But that doesn’t mean you can’t mention sober homes on bottles of wine. Just ask Linda Morton of Boynton Beach.

Linda Morton holds a bottle of homemade win from her "Rehab Road" winery.

Linda Morton holds a bottle of homemade wine from her “Rehab Road” winery.

Morton lives on Riviera Drive, a cul de sac just north of Woolbright Road that is home to at least three sober-living residences. She and her neighbors are so frustrated by noise and traffic from the recovery homes that they coined a nickname for their street earlier this summer: “Rehab Drive.’’

Morton, who works as an accountant, also has a hobby: She gets together with friends every few months at her house to make homemade wine from kits.

When bottling her latest batch of “seaside sauvignon blanc” in October, she made up fancy labels with a new name: “Riviera Rehab Road Winery.’’

“I thought, ‘Oh, this is a perfect label,’’’ said Morton, who lives next-door to a sober home and across the street from another one. There’s also a sober home at the end of the cul de sac, and Morton says a fourth sober home is planning to open on the street.

“Four (sober homes) on a street of 14 houses? Hello?’’ she said.

Mike Rumpf, the city’s planning and zoning director, said the city has not received an application for a fourth sober home on the street. But officials are aware of the other three homes.

wine-bottlesMorton and other neighbors have complained to the city for more than year about problems from the sober homes, ranging from cars racing down the street to being cursed by sober-home residents when they ask to keep noise down.

In most cases, the city is limited in imposing any restrictions because sober homes are protected by the Americans with Disabilities Act.

“They are rude and obnoxious,’’ Morton said of the sober home residents. “It’s like trying to fight somebody who has a sword and I have a toothpick.’’

Those frustrations, she said, are what prompted her to resort to a bit of comic relief and add the “Rehab Road” labels to her latest batch of wine. “It’s like the stages of grief,’’ she joked.

Her latest batch of “Rehab Road” wine won’t be ready for six months. But when they are ready to uncork, she might throw a neighborhood party.

“I’ll invite my (anti-sober home) neighbors to come over and drink it.’’

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