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  • Lake view: Time to throw out those in the commission office

  • I can only conclude that the County Commissioners have a cozy relationship with the owners of Paradise, Tucker Investments, and are ignoring the requests from their constituents to enforce the laws on the books forbidding outdoor music.
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  • Below is a letter I sent to the Camden County Planning and Zoning Commission on April 11, 2013. To date these folks have not responded to my correspondence.
    [Letter begins]
    To the Planning and Zoning Commission,
    Our purpose for writing is to advise the P&Z that we are strongly opposed to you approving Paradise Restaurant's request.
    We have owned our home on the Lake of the Ozarks for over 10 years. Most of the time has been enjoyable. Recently (in the past three to four years), our quality of life on the lake has been diminished due to loud noise and music emanating from Paradise Restaurant. Prior to Paradise playing music out of doors, we were able to turn our air conditioning off and sleep with our windows open. No longer do we use our screened porch after the band starts up at Paradise Restaurant. Also, I have noticed that they increase the volume at or around 10 p.m. I can only assume they do this to further irritate complaining neighbors. After the 10 p.m. news I walk my dog on our street. When they turn the volume up it rattles windows on our side of the lake.
    We came before the board around three or four years ago to oppose Paradise's request to build an outdoor amphitheater. Thank you for turning them down. Since then they have scoffed at the zoning laws by playing loud music out of doors. I have met with a group of concerned neighbors, George the owner of Paradise, his lawyer, the Missouri Water Patrol, the (then) head of P&Z and other county officials to beg them to enforce the zoning regulations regarding live outside music. Paradise continues to blare music in violation of the code, and Camden County does nothing to enforce the law. Thank you for turning down their petition. Please continue to enforce the laws on the books.
    [Letter ends]
     
    I have been interested in this issue for several years now and have attended meetings with the county commissioners to state my concerns to no avail. I can only conclude that the County Commissioners have a cozy relationship with the owners of Paradise, Tucker Investments, and are ignoring the requests from their constituents to enforce the laws on the books forbidding outdoor music.
    It is time to act.
    Commissioner Franken and the other Camden County Commissioners choose to protect Paradise from the existing laws to the detriment of long time homeowners they were elected to serve. If you agree, contact me to start a recall petition or a movement to keep these people from being elected again. E-mail me at aldifugit@aol.com. Do not forget to attend the meeting May 15, 5:30 p.m. on the 3rd floor of the (old) Camden County Courthouse.
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