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County Supervisors approve wedding center permit for east valley home

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MESA, Ariz. -

Despite protests from neighbors, a proposed wedding and event center on a county island in the east valley got the green light from the Maricopa Board of Supervisors.

Supervisors heard from both sides and debated for nearly four hours.

We're talking about a single family home in a neighborhood that's being turned into a business.

Opponents were concerned about traffic, noise, alcohol and many other things that the supervisors felt were legitimate concerns, but in the end, all five sided with the owner.

The home has a stunning view of the Superstition Mountains and the owner feels it is a perfect spot for weddings.  He's already held his daughter's there.

"The opposition talks about a party.  I will never let this be a party house. This is a wedding hall," explained John Burns to the supervisors Wednesday morning.

He adds that he'll limit events to 250 people and music will only be played inside.  Booze will be served and that's one of many issues opponents who recently protested outside the home don't like.

"The applicant and his smooth talking attorneys have sold a bill of good here.  You can take a pig and you can pour perfume on all day long, but it is still a pig," said John Farens.

The home is at Signal Butte and Brown -- a residential neighborhood.  Opponents hate the idea of allowing a business to operate there.

"A big one.  A big one that takes the neighborhood away from what it is," said Sandy Carpenter.

But the owner, who says he will be living at the home while allowing it to be used for events, attempted to reassure skeptical neighbors.

"I am going to myself be walking the property and I am not going to let anything disturb anyone in the neighborhood," said Burns.

The supervisors made in clear they have the power to take away the permit if the rules aren't followed.

"This can be revoked.  We expect full compliance and we will be watching to see that everything and every neighbor..their conditions are being met and their respect is being given," said Steve Chucri.

Some of the neighbors are in support of this.

The owner has also promised that music will not be played past 10 p.m. on the weekends and if alcohol is served, he has agreed to bring in an off-duty police officer for that event.

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