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Jun 28, 2017

Area Resident Valerie Woods Says Enforcement Has Delicate Balance

Valerie Woods

Among those present at last Wednesday’s meeting was Valerie Woods.  Not only is she a P.U.P. senator from Caribbean Shores, Woods also resides within proximity of the Pickwick Club.  Her complaints, like those of other neighbors, have resulted in what is being described as an impulsive response by Mayor Bradley.  According to Woods, resolving the delicate issue is a balancing act that requires the mayor to be evenhanded.


Valerie Woods, Resident, Newtown Barracks

“Something of this nature required sound, balance, reasonable dialogue between the community, between the business owners, along with the council, to come to some, as close as you can, happy medium and that did not occur.  I have enjoyed quite a few concerts, when they were at Civic Center, when it was being held over at Hour Bar Field, Machel Montano, in particular.  And the issue isn’t, you’re not to have concerts.  The issue has been the frequency of these things and going until four, sometimes later in the morning.  That takes a toll on anybody.  The issue with the nightclub is, one: that it’s a nightclub that’s open-air when it shouldn’t have been and then, two: having to put up with it; not just one night but Thursday, Friday, Saturday, as well.  The issue is having put up with all the other issues: the no parking, the fighting to get into your yard, the fighting to get out of your yard, the bottles, the broken bottles, the urination against your fences, all of that stuff.  We have put up with that.  Are you saying now that we have to now contend with we’re just going to have nightclubs even where nightclubs should not be? We live in an area that has changed, there’s no doubt about that.  We live in a city that requires economic development, no doubt about that.  You have a lot of creative young artists out there who look forward to that strip to earn revenue and you have a lot of employment happening on that strip, no doubt about that.  The neighborhood isn’t saying no to any of it.  That would be, I think, most, unreasonable and unrepresentative of the genuine intent.  All we’re saying is that they are laws and it’s high time they be complied with.  To the mayor’s credit, he did say that all these years they have not been complying and they need to get in compliance.  I can understand why people would have issue with the way he went about it.”

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