Thursday, January 12, 2006
That's Just Wrong: Wrong Alarm
A restaurant in one South Florida neighborhood is leaving residents with a bad taste. They have complained the restaurant's alarm keeps malfunctioning in the middle of the night. But since city officials won't silence the siren, they're left saying that's just wrong.
WSVN--Some of us like to be awakened by soft music. Or the smell of fresh coffee. While for others only a loud jarring alarm does the trick. But what about an alarm so loud you can hear it down the street.
Magaly Parets: "Come out in the middle of the night like three or four o'clock, to look."
The alarm waking up Magaly Parets is actually a burglar alarm coming from a restaurant down the street.
Magaly Parets: "Doesn't happen every night. But, out of seven days, three or four days."
And it happens at the worst times. Two in the morning and sometimes more than once.
Magaly Parets: "Last night it was five times."
Magaly believes the siren sounds especially loud because she sleeps here in the front of the house. She's tried calling the police in the middle night...
Magaly Parets: "Because I wanted a record because I want someone to do something."
But the alarm is not the only thing making her crazy...
Magaly Parets: "They use the whole street, literally, as private parking as valet parking, because they even have security there."
It's so bad, there are times Magaly can't even get out of her own driveway because someone has parked in front of her.
Magaly Parets: "People come in and you tell them, don't park and they say well there is no sign for no parking."
With no other choice, Magaly and her neighbors complained to the City of West Miami. But when nothing was done, Magaly made another call to say that's just wrong.
Magaly Parets: "I made a call, because I need someone to help me."
Now, when Seven News contacted city officials, they tell us there is a lot going on behind the scenes to bring peace back to the neighborhood starting with silencing the alarm.
West Miami City Manager Yolanda Aguilar: "We have an ordinance that enforces a procedure that once you have several alarm calls, we make you contact your alarm company and make sure you get it serviced."
As for the parking issue, the city is working with the restaurant owners to come up with a solution.
Yolanda Aguilar: "Maybe establish a valet service for now."
Yolanda Aguilar: "They have also hired a security guard and he's there from the morning until the restaurant closes."
And the city has ordered no parking signs for the north side of the street...which once installed should clear up most of the problem.
Yolanda: "The police will have the ability to enforce basically ticketing people who refuse to obey the law at that point."
We've also recently learned the restaurant did have their alarm fixed...So now, Magaly can finally sleep soundly again.
Magaly Parets: "We don't want to destroy their business. But, we want to maintain a residential area."
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