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Dear Editor: Being a business owner and mother of two children heavily involved in sports, I have been a great supporter of all the town's events, children's programs, fundraisers and so on. I had expected a little more support from our mayor and councilors. However, I find out through the media that there was a unanimous decision at the council meeting to basically shut me down. That's what they are asking me to do. To close my only real window (garage door) 10:00 every night and turn the volume down inside the building also - and have no partying on the deck whatsoever - is business suicide.

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Being a business owner and mother of two children heavily involved in sports, I have been a great supporter of all the town's events, children's programs, fundraisers and so on. I had expected a little more support from our mayor and councilors. However, I find out through the media that there was a unanimous decision at the council meeting to basically shut me down.

That's what they are asking me to do. To close my only real window (garage door) 10:00 every night and turn the volume down inside the building also - and have no partying on the deck whatsoever - is business suicide.

First of all, the reason I only have one real window (garage door) is because I removed all downstairs windows in the lounge-to give my closest neighbours a break.

Now, besides the eight to 10 people that I employ there, I would have to stop booking all our own local musicians. Then there are the taxi companies that benefit from my business and the hot dog vendors and the late-night fast food places; not to mention Labatt, Molson, Brown Derby, Browning Harvey, B &B Sales and the list can go on.

What I don't understand is, did our mayor and councillors forget that most of the town's clubs and lounges are residential? They all have neighbours.

What about our local legion with weddings every weekend, our local Elks club with bingo and traffic-and remember when the Knights of Columbus was quite the busy club for many years; the Double S Lounge has neighbours, The Rock had neighbours (Jim is my neighbour); Mingles has neighbours. Sorry guys, but I am tired of being singled out.

Now here's what's really funny-I have to cut out all noise-but the town can organize a massive drunk (at Red Cliff) where many under-agers get through and the music goes all day and night for three days. Then there are the stadium dances-neighbours down there, too.

Another funny thing occurred to me after reading the mayor's stinging words. It was only last year at our local Legion that the mayor awarded me for being such a great supporter of the troops oversea. Besides the troops, this terrible place Kelly's has supported the Janeway, Cancer Society, the CNIB, the Heart and Stroke Foundation, minor hockey, recreational hockey, the Grand Falls-Windsor Cataracts, minor baseball, softball, ChildFind magazines, Salmon Festival, figure skating and minor soccer, just to mention a few.

Then there's the threat the mayor made,"We don't want anything to come to the point where we strong-arm them on other issues."

Now what I would like to know is what other issues? He is making it sound like I am doing something wrong or illegal.

The only issues I can think of having was years ago of too many people in the pub. And again-I will not be singled out-just about every busy business breaks this rule at times. So, again, if I am going to be strong-armed on that issue, then what about our local coffee shops every morning, local restaurants every dinner hour, our large department stores every Saturday morning and every other club on their (busiest) night.

As a matter of fact, I was the only business in town to ever get charged with that (fire regulation act) and I sat in court and took a $1,000 fine. As I sat in court, I glanced up to read its fire capacity. It read "not to exceed 50 people". I counted 78 people there that morning. So again, I'm very upset.

What I had expected the mayor and councillors to tell the complaining neighbours is that this business had held a valid Newfoundland and Labrador Liquor License for over 50 years and has paid business taxes for all these years also. Most of our clubs are residential and have been for years, so there is not a big lot we can do. These are the sounds of our town-and every town has them.

There are worse things we can hear at night than music and people having fun.If we lived in a city we'd be hearing sirens, ambulances all night long.

To my neighbours, I know there has been the odd fight and police coming late at night, but those people are out for good. We do not tolerate violence, drugs, under-agers, etc. And in respect and understanding, I am posting signage on the deck and throughout the club for customers to keep their voices down when leaving and walking through the neighbourhoods. And please do not hesitate to call me if you ever have broken glass, cigarette butts or vandalism done to your property due to my business. I would be more than happy to fix it immediately.

I would like to add that all the tourists that have visited Kelly's over the years left the highest remarks for the staff, musicians, atmosphere and customers. It's a place where people come to enjoy themselves. We tend to family reunions, class reunions, births, anniversaries; we have even held funeral celebrations.

In closing, I apologize to the businesses that I have mentioned in this letter. It is not said in animosity, but said in concern for all our businesses because of the mayor's words.

Thanks to everyone who called me. When this went public your support meant the world to me.

Upset and singled out again,

Tina Mercer

Grand Falls-Windsor

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