Ophelia

Ophelia 2 years, 1 month ago on Report: Tourism brings big bucks to Newton

Umm, just noticed that there is a link to another article published 03/12/12 that states that tourist spent only $2.8 million in Newton County last year. How is it that one article says $2.8 million and this article says $100.1 million in tourist spending? That is a significant difference...

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Ophelia 2 years, 1 month ago on Report: Tourism brings big bucks to Newton

$100.1 million tourist spending in 2011? Really? Could these figures be slightly inflated as a means to belittle the filming complaints of long-time citizens and unhappy business owners? Let us all bow down to the almighty dollar...

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Ophelia 2 years, 1 month ago on Covington Council to consider nighttime filming policy

Thank you! This crew and staff of this production company are rude, inconsiderate, and NEVER apologetic. Although I have my complaints with this production, I am not against filming in Covington. I understand that it can be good for the city, but not at the expense of its residents. The city definitely should have had regulations in place prior to the start of filming to ensure the safety, peace, and comfort of their own citizens. Although the city failed to do this at the outset, it is never too late to right a wrong...

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Ophelia 2 years, 1 month ago on Covington Council to consider nighttime filming policy

No one is “crying like a baby.” We are simply discussing the issues we have come across in dealing with the production of the Vampire Diaries, and these issues ARE being addressed directly with the city. That is why the mayor is now trying to determine a cutoff time for filming. Let me ask you a question. You say that the show is filmed NEAR your house, but NOT directly in front of it? Trust me, if they filmed directly in front of your house as many times as they have mine and prevented you from even entering your own drive way or repeatedly woken you up during the night on a work night, you might have a different perspective. However, as I said, if you don't mind it, then please have them film around YOUR house anytime they want, but I definitely don't want them around mine. This has never and will never be an issue of money for me. The production company has offered money ($1000), only after we made complaints to the city, but it was declined. I DON'T want their money. I want to be left alone to live in peace in this nice, small, quiet, quaint town of Covington, GA. This is why I have lived her for 20+ years, but the disruption to my personal life is too much. By the way, there are multiple other legal issues that the production has been in violation of, not just the noise ordinance, which the city will have to address as well (violation of Federal laws by placing items in residential mailboxes without postage, blocking the safe passage of emergency vehicles, etc.).

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Ophelia 2 years, 2 months ago on Covington Council to consider nighttime filming policy

Because laws are laws, and no one, not even the city should be above the law. If I am expected to work within the confines of an ordinance, then so should EVERYONE else. Secondly, the filming of a TV show is NO mere "temporary inconvenience." This production has taken place now over several years, for several months each year, and for several weeks each month. So explain to me how this is temporary? Shall we look up the definition of "temporary" in Merriam-Webster? If you are so supportive of the filming of this TV show in Covington/Newton County, then by ALL means, please invite them to film directly in front of your house, then maybe, just maybe, you will fully realize what a complete disruption this production imposes on the residents' personal peace, safety, and security.

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Ophelia 2 years, 2 months ago on Newton Citizen Poll for Oct. 21, 2012

Okay, first off the city manager shouldn't be sharing information that citizens privately sent to him or the city council. Secondly, the city council has received numerous complaints from several citizens, not just one person, but I can attest that at least one of those complaints did NOT request monetary compensation. You know, not everyone or everything is motivated by money. The city and the production company have violated several ordinances and laws on numerous occasions, and this is something that needs to be addressed. The production company has repeatedly been in violation of the Newton County Noise Ordinance and in violation of Federal laws by placing items in residential mailboxes without postage (hello, identity theft!). Of course, if you do NOT live in a residential area where they repeatedly film, you have no idea of the disturbances to residents' personal peace, safety, and security that the production causes. If you are so gung-ho for the Vampire Diaries to film in Covington, then by ALL means please invite them to film directly in front of your house. Oh, and by the way, the production company did offer $1000 to the residents who complained, and NOT everyone took them up on their offer. So no sweetie, not everyone wants a "piece of the pie." They just want to be left alone to live in peace in this nice, small, quiet, quaint town, and they want their city to put them, the residents, first. The Vampire Diaries may bring in revenue to the city (definitely not $25 million worth), but we are tax payers and we also fund this city and we should have a voice, too.

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