We would like to say a few words about the Paradise Restaurant outdoor live music controversy that has been going on for more than three years.
The restaurant has been illegally playing outdoor live music when they are not zoned for such. They are only zoned for enclosed indoor music.
It amazes us how certain people can choose to ignore lawful zoning regulations and get by with it. Is it possibly because of political or monetary clout that speaks so loudly?
We elect people to run our counties and to pass good sound zoning regulations in order to help protect all of our real estate values.
It baffles us why the existing zoning regulations for the country cannot be enforced. If the commissioners pass zoning laws, then they should apply equally to everyone and not just those who have special interests.
The Tucker's arrive at their business, crank up their illegal outside loud music, disrupt the surrounding neighbors and when they close for the night, they leave the area and go to their quiet homes.
They don't live here and don't care about developing a good relationship with their surrounding neighbors.
It seems that all that is important to them is doing what they want, when they want, regardless of any regulations or laws they violate.
It appears they just pay the fines and keep doing what they want hoping the neighbors will finally give up.
At the risk of sounding somewhat vindictive, it is because of enduring this illegal, loud outdoor music that is disrupting our neighborhood.
We have worked hard all our lives to be able to afford our dream of having a nice vacation home at Lake of the Ozarks, as did all our neighbors around the cove.
We didn't have a rich daddy to set us up in a business and pay all our legal fees and fines like the Tucker boys.
If all the county commissioners are going to pass zoning requirements, rules and regulations, then they should enforce them.
Why haven't they enforced the laws Paradise Restaurant continues to violate? Is it because the rich daddy can afford the best lawyers?
It is sad that we have to endure this loud, unlawful outdoor music that interrupts the tranquility of the lake life that we had hoped for.
We bought our home knowing the zoning regulations, as did the Tuckers. We have abided by ours — they have not.
We expect the commissioners do the right thing by stepping up and enforcing the existing zoning regulations regarding Paradise Restaurant.