Ferris Kaplan 
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Re: “Should the Dewberry's rooftop bar have been allowed to open?

Dwayne:
Where to begin?! How about that you CHOSE to live next to a wedding reception/entertainment/music venue. We didn't.

How about that neighborhood associations exist to protect their quality of life from these interlopers wanting to make a buck and move on?

How about that the other rooftop bars that you cited are in business districts, not residential?

How about that one of the area's most prolific developers omitted including his crown jewel bar because of a "planning oversight?" For the last six years? You can't be that naive.

How about that he built the rooftop bar with an amplified sound system KNOWING that he did not have city approval to do so.

How about the way you marginalized the opponents from being "several dozen residents" to "a handful of residents" to "a few neighbors." Don't you read you own words? Our association has 179 homes. Our monthly meetings debated issues regarding The Dewberry for many years. Most recently, after hearing Mr. Dewberry's arrogant & condescending pitch, we voted almost unanimously to oppose his changes.

The city would have "greatly benefitted" from converting the old federal building by ANY developer. Unfortunately, we got this one because he was the highest bidder.

His entire first floor is virtually a bar. When he obtains the proper certificates of occupancy, guests can still take their drinks up to the roof for the view. He can even have unplugged musical entertainment.

So, now that you have the facts...enough whining for the poor developer and depriving guests of the view. How about some support [from you, a downtown resident], for the residents that have made and want to protect the charm of our neighborhoods?

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Posted by Ferris Kaplan on May 1, 2017 at 11:34 AM

Re: “Being one of Princeton Review's top 20 party schools is nothing to brag about

Yes, every parent is "proud of their kids." Yes, and every parent thinks that their kid is "gifted." And yes, all say, "my kid would never act like that." The College of Charleston has been around for nearly 250 years. Do you really believe that the school, police, and neighbors haven't addressed this problem before?!

The issue is that these adults (no, they're not kids) weren't raised to be respectful of others. The issue is that absentee landlords cash the rent checks, and care about little else. They don't improve or even maintain their properties, and take no interest in their tenants.

The College can remind students that they are guests of The College, and will be expelled if they cannot assimilate into the community. It's a learning opportunity and part of the four-year maturation process that students learn to act responsibly, not drink excessively, and not impinge on the rights of others. Basically, abide by the Golden Rule.

The solution is the Livability Court, because the violators (renters) AND the landlord must attend. If that's not enough to embarrass them, then the students should move back home, and the owners should sell to a family wanting to make a positive contribution to the community.

Nice article, Shani, congrats!

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Posted by Ferris Kaplan on September 2, 2016 at 3:28 PM
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