Although Plantation Blood brings more people to south Augusta, neighbors are concerned about the noise and increased traffic. (WRDW-TV / Oct. 10, 2011)
News 12 at 11 o'clock / Sunday, Oct. 9, 2011
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Plantation Blood has become a nightmare for some neighbors of the haunted attraction on Wallie Drive.
"71-year-old man, 81-year-old man, 89-year-old lady, 63-year-old lady who's disabled -- all these people are disabled. They've been here 30 years or more," said Pamela Williams, pointing out the people who live around the attraction.
She called News 12 Saturday night after she couldn't pull out of her driveway because she says traffic was so bad.
"It's been terrible, as usual. There's been too much traffic on this road. It wasn't built for that amount of flow," she said.
By the time News 12's cameras got there, it was midnight. Traffic had died down, but another problem persisted that angered another neighbor, Jan Johnson.
"I'd say they're going 50 and 60. They're drag racing to get out of here. You ought to see them over there passing each other and revving their engines," she said.
The street is marked as a 25 mile-per-hour zone. Plantation Blood is on property zoned for commercial use, but people living next to that property and around it feel that it's invaded their neighborhood.
As a News 12 camera rolled, the owners of the attraction approached and confronted the upset neighbors around 12:30 a.m.
"That was different tonight -- to have a professional come up and start screaming at me that way and get so threatening," Williams said.
Cooler heads prevailed on Sunday afternoon.
"I understand they have a voice of concern about the increased traffic, but I think the traffic is no more than the normal high-flow traffic between 4 and 6 p.m.," said Brian Carter, the co-owner of the attraction.
"I with that we could control the speeders and traffic, but we have no control over that," added co-owner Mark Jackson.
The owners say deputies are on scene to provide adequate safety, but Plantation Blood can't control something that happens off property.
Nevertheless, that didn't quiet one main concern from the immediate neighbors.
"People screaming and hollering over there all night long, and the loud music, it's ridiculous," Johnson said.
"If you have trouble sleeping, you can do something about it by buying an over-the-counter, you know, medicine to help you sleep or even wearing some earmuffs," answered Jackson about the noise complaints.
Neighbors say the sounds of chainsaws and screaming carried on to almost 2 a.m. Sunday morning.
Lt. Randy Prickett with Richmond County Sheriff's Office says that's a problem. He says a noise ordinance takes effect every night from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. and that Richmond County will be looking into that potential problem.
The owners were upset that argument broke out with the neighbors. They hope to have a diplomatic discussion with them to perhaps draw up some type of compromise. Ultimately, they say they want to host a family-friendly event that helps south Augusta.