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POSTED: Friday, October 14, 2011 - 5:51pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, October 18, 2011 - 10:37am

EAST EL PASO- A business owner is claiming the Cielo Vista Neighborhood Association is unfairly threatening to protest a new nightclub he is trying to open.

David Cooper says he has operated several bars in the El Paso area with a clean track record, so he doesn't see what all the fuss is about.

30 members of the Cielo Vista Neighborhood Association voted unanimously to protest the opening of a new nightclub in Hawkins Plaza. Cooper says that is a small group to speak for the entire community.

Cooper has already leased a property located in the Hawkins Plaza in east El Paso, however he is still waiting for his liquor permit. He says even though he hasn't served a single drink, he's are already feeling some heat.

"The issue you know of course has been long standing historical problem with this location, but it's not something I'm unfamiliar with. I've done research over the last three and a half years on it. I can tell you is they are basically trying to treat me like the new Three Legged Monkey," said Cooper.

The owner of the Three Legged Monkey, a nearby bar, has previously told Newschannel 9 he felt the city and neighborhood association were unfairly targeting his business.

With concern over parking, noise, and violence, the Cielo Vista Neighborhood Association says the last thing this area needs is another bar or nightclub.

"We have many elderly people living in the area and have for a long time. We have some residents that have lived there for over 60 years," said Mark Benitez, President of the Cielo Vista Neighborhood Association.

Benitez says protesting Cooper's new nightclub is an obligation they owe the public.

"It's been a great and peaceful neighborhood and Cielo Vista Neighborhood Association is involved and dedicate to keep it that way," said Cooper.

Cooper claims he has already addressed neighbors' concerns, reassuring them he would install a high tech surveillance system and employ multiple bouncers to secure the property, yet he still feels he is being treated unfairly.

"You have all kinds of night clubs in the Cielo Vista Neighborhood Association stretching from McCrea to Airway and Montana to I-10. A lots of them. They all exists near neighborhoods, and they are not these kinds of problems in the same organization does not complain about them," said Cooper.

The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission still has the final say in issuing a liquor license, and Cooper says if the city attempts to fight his permit, he will file a federal lawsuit.
 

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you people are to uptight....what are you to good for everyone ...get over yourselves

Whom ever reported or typed David Cooper's statement at the end of this written report has made some serious mistakes. I hope that there is editing at News Channel 9 that would of caught this. His statement is written in a confusing manner that does not make much sense. If you watch the broadcast you can see that David Cooper is not the illiterate one. I could not make sense of David Cooper's statements and thought, who is this guy?. Whoever wrote this did not even spell McRae right!

I have complained about this illiterate writer for so long now it is not even funny. I have seen and sent e-mails about articles that have been misspelled, grammatically incorrect, and just unreadable. I do not know who is editing this material before it is posted, but I swear these people must not have any type of degree. There are so many college graduates who would love to have this job, and can properly spell check their work. This person makes El Paso look so bad.. Shame on you again KTSM!

Bars, Taverns, Pubs, Pool Halls whatever it is you want to call it, have been around for hundresds and thousands of years people, get over it, if you choose not to vist one or have a nice cold one, well that's your choice of living, let the rest live life, and stop acting like you are so saintly. There is nothing wrong in owning a bar. This is the great USA, enjoy life because we are all here on barrowed time. Leave Cooper alone, you hyprocrits.

NE resident

A new bar, is the least of ceilo vista's problems, or El Paso, for that matter. There are blood thirsty gangsters, a few hundred yards away, in Juarez, just drueling over control over the lucrative territory of El Paso. The only reason they are not as successful as they could be over here, "yet" is the extremely high number of government agents stationed here, as well as the gangs here, going all out to protect their territory. These people are complaaining about a dog, in a cage of tigers!

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