The sound which was coming from the area of two popular lakefront bars/restaurants was so loud that it felt like it was in our living room. Our home is more than a mile from those two establishments.
Editor’s Note: This letter was sent to Camdenton Mayor John McNabb, Camden County commissioners Greg Hasty, Beverly Thomas and Don Williams, Camden County Sheriff Tony Helms and media. The venues mentioned in the letter have been edited out for legal reasons, but it should be noted they are not within Camdenton city limits nor are close to Camdenton, being located in another area of the lake. It is unclear why Camdenton was included in the letter.
On July 2, 2017, I was at my residence at the lake preparing to enjoy the holiday weekend. At approximately 4 p.m. on that day, we began hearing a thumping noise that resembled the sound of the bass of some instrument. The sound which was coming from the area of two popular lakefront bars/restaurants was so loud that it felt like it was in our living room. Our home is more than a mile from those two establishments.
At approximately 9:30 p.m. after enduring this continuous thumping for 5 1/2 hours, I contacted the Camden County Sheriff’s office. I was told that there is no noise ordinance in Camden County and this was a recreational area. The result was that nothing was done and the thumping finally ended at midnight. We left early the next morning and returned to our home in St. Louis. Our holiday weekend was ruined.
I fully understand that Camdenton and Camden County as well as the local businesses are dependent in part on tourist revenue. However, as a property owner in both Camden and Morgan counties, I also contribute to the economy with my tax dollars. As such, I am entitled to the quiet use and enjoyment of my property. I was deprived of that emolument on July 2, 2017 and thereafter.
While Camden County has no noise ordinance, surely it has a peace disturbance ordinance that is enforceable. Failing that, Section 574.010 R.S.Mo. is the state statute that criminalizes the disturbance of the peace for “loud noise” and existed on July 2, 2017. Unfortunately, all legal remedies were ignored.
I would encourage you to enact a noise ordinance to protect homeowners from this offensive and obnoxious intrusion into our homes. In the meantime, I will expect that the state laws or local ordinance regarding peace disturbance will be vigorously enforced in the future.
Please let me know if you are unwilling or unable to enforce the law in this regard so that I may pursue other legal and political remedies. I am quite certain that if I stood outside of your home making the sounds that invaded my home for 5 1/2 hours, you would seek the immediate assistance of law enforcement.