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Mozambique is poor neighbor

Mailbag

July 01, 2010

I never expected that the operation of a business in the city would have such a direct effect on the quality of life in a neighborhood. I enjoy living in a community where neighbors put out watch for children playing signs. I want to live in a community where neighbors respected each other's privacy and quality of life.

The nightclub that exists with its million-dollar sound system and its all-star music jams is either a function of a failed business plan for a high end restaurant or a duping of the community to what type of business was to exist. It is hard to believe that other restaurateurs and hotels have not seized the opportunity to serve the late night meals. Surely this could not be just a ruse to keep the nightclub open later to serve more alcohol?

The problems that arise out of a nightclub being placed adjacent to a residential neighborhood are not unique to Laguna Beach. Nor are they not to be expected. They are only amplified by the significant inadequate onsite parking of the location.

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When you live next to a neighbor that throws an open party every night. It's not a question of will the problems happen, but only when and how often. This is not necessarily the fault the nightclub operator. It is just the nature of the business.

Even though I have been a resident of the city of nearly 15 years this is the first issue I have dealt with. I never want to go to City Hall. I never want to even meet a council member. Yet, this serious problem should not be trivialized. Is this the beginning of Laguna Beach's desire to become party central for Orange County? If so, who determines that direction?

Are the business owners and commercial real estate owners who showed up in full force to support the nightclub the ones? Is the fact that DUI stops and arrests increased over the last four years just a coincidence? Or will full time residents who ultimately support the businesses in this community finally determine that enough is enough.

Somehow maybe this situation will cause others to act. I think this town is at a pivotal point. As residents we need to determine our own destiny. For as I have discovered, if we leave it up to the politicians and business owners the parking, traffic and neighborhood conditions will continue to deteriorate. We are a community of residents and while we may enjoy tourists visiting our paradise they amplify our problems.

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