Neighbors and nightclub owners face off in Scottsdale

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - Tensions are brewing in Scottsdale over noise, trash and parking issues stemming from Old Town's bars and clubs.

Both sides met at a town hall on Thursday where Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio dropped in to lend support.

"All my windows rattle," said Jane Peterson, who lives across the street from the new nightclub The Mint on Scottsdale Road. "I have them all Styrofoamed. I've moved to the back bedroom."

While many complained that loud music from the bars and clubs penetrated their homes, others complained about trash and vandalism from late-night partygoers.

"I've had people spit on my windows, I've had food smashed in the windows, I've had trash stuffed in through my mail slots," said D'Lisa Shayn, who owns Salon D'Shayn on Wells Fargo Avenue in Old Town.

Others lamented that limited parking in the area was leading to spillover into their neighborhoods and private businesses.

"What happens is the spillover parking from the clubs tries to get into our parking so we have to pay extra security and put out extra money to clean up from the patrons of the nightclubs who park in our spaces," said Jude Nau, general manager of the Best Western Sundial hotel on Camelback Road.

Club and bar owners at the meeting said they are not doing anything wrong and are going out of their way to make sure music levels stay within set limits. One bar owner said his staff picks up trash every weekend morning.

"What we're doing is legal and as long as we're within the legal limits of the law, there's nothing wrong with that," said Lee Corieri of Evening Entertainment Group who owns clubs including The Mint, Myst and Axis Radius. "We want to be good neighbors."

Both sides agreed that the city of Scottsdale needs to do more in terms of updating city code and making sure existing laws are enforced.

Scottsdale Councilman Dennis Robbins said he hoped a new noise ordinance which has yet to take effect would help alleviate some of the issues.

Arpaio, who was invited to speak at the town hall, encouraged those upset to seek help from their local representatives but said he would check back in a month to see whether any issues had been resolved.