August 18, 2016
Sunday, August 14, 2016, another wedding took place at Bennett Cove. According to Cecil Bennett, he does not charge for these weddings (or any event); he allows all these functions to take place out of the goodness of his heart.
As you can see from this video, there are cars everywhere on the property for the wedding this past Sunday.
There are also signs on the highway making sure people get to the wedding.
Our BOC has talked for a YEAR about a “noise ordinance,” yet for some reason one has yet to be produced, and the current one is so “vague” that it isn’t enforced. However, when the BOC wants to have an agreement to give money to JCWSA for 31 years, or sign off and have taxpayers indebted on a $1.8 million bond, those documents can be produced in a matter of DAYS!
Recently Mr. Bennett put a full page ad in the paper about Bennett Cove, stating he had paid for a “special use permit” in 2008. There is no record of a public hearing, no legal ads in the paper for a public hearing, and no minutes from any meeting for a “special use permit” for Cecil Bennett, Bennett Cove, or a Bed & Breakfast in 2008. During 2008 we had a P&Z Board that was totally on top of things, and something like this would not slip through the cracks. Mr. Bennett needs to produce a copy of the legal ad or let us know when this hearing took place, because no one in P&Z can find anything about his “special use permit,” and we can not find it in the 2008 Monticello News legal ads.
The “friendly functions” at Bennett Cove that Mr. Bennett talks about in his ad were many, not one. There have been repeated complaints of noise and zoning violation, with no citations ever issued for noise by the Sheriff’s department and, until recently, no zoning violations were cited.
Here are some of the events that have taken place at Bennett Cove:
These next 2 were cancelled on December 31, 2015, but then took place January 1, 2016.
Yes, the New Year’s Eve “drink til you faint” party was stopped, but another party was held the very next night, on New Year’s (January 1). This party was not stopped by Mr. Bennett or law enforcement.
Mr. Bennett goes on in his ad to say, from now on, he and the Sheriff and the neighbors will decide the level of music at any functions. What doesn’t he get about the fact ANY FUNCTION is a violation of the Jasper County Zoning codes/ordinances? The question is, Commissioners and Sheriff Pope, why is this being allowed to continue? And when is the “county noise ordinance” going to be updated and enforced? Isn’t a year long enough to get something done?
Citizens, be informed and stay informed! Only by being informed can the citizens understand what is being done and talked about, and then press our officials to make good decisions for everyone in Jasper County. That is our goal with the Taxdogs blog.