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Music club not following noise ordinance

Posted: October 2, 2012 1:08 p.m.
Updated: October 3, 2012 5:00 a.m.

An open letter to Sheriff Matthews:

It is with great interest that I have noticed the passage of the noise ordinance in Kershaw County. I am writing to ask that you please enforce this new ordinance with respect to (a club) on Highway 1 in Camden. I live next to the (a) gas station that shares parking with the club. Every Friday and Saturday night, the club cranks up its music beginning around 10 p.m. and ending at 3 a.m. when they close. Why do I know this? Because they keep me up every weekend banging out their loud music -- and I finally get some rest at 3 a.m.! 

I call dispatch nearly every weekend to complain. I assume they send someone out there, and the noise may decrease briefly, until the officers leave, I suppose, and then it goes right back up. 

With this new noise ordinance, I am asking that you enforce it on the owners of this club. I have no clue why a business license was issued to this kind of noisy music club within a residential area, but I think we have tolerated this disturbance of our peace long enough. They do it every weekend, with impunity, and nothing seems to be done about it. If they have been fined or threatened with jail, it has not seemed to faze them or make them change their habits. Every weekend, they persist in playing loud music. 

Now, I try to live peacefully with it most of the time. I have a white noise machine running in my house at night, but it does nothing to drown out the incessant “BOOM! BOOM!” of the bass subwoofers they use at that club. Also, being so close to the club, I find myself having to clean up liquor and beer bottles from my yard as they toss them over the fence from the (gas) station. 

It is a disgrace that this kind of club is even allowed in a residential area. My main request is that their business license be revoked because they have disturbed the peace in this community for far too long. If I threw loud parties every weekend and ignored the police when they told me to turn it down, according to this new ordinance, I would be fined and eventually arrested, but apparently, having a business license means one can violate the noise ordinance with impunity and without consequence. 

Please, I beg you, Sheriff Matthews, do all you can to rectify this situation. Our community has put up with this outrageous disturbance long enough.

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