Neighbors Protest Point Salubrious WineryPosted: Updated:
It's a reminder to visitors that Point Salubrious is quiet and residential.
Signs have been placed along County Road 125 in protest of noise and traffic stemming from events held at White Caps Winery, which opened last summer.
"There's beer trucks and traffic and doors slamming and music and cars. It's a huge disruption to this neighborhood," said Candace Rhea, who began putting out the signs last week.
She and several other neighbors have been unhappy with the winery.
The owner of White Caps, Gail Miller, had hoped to build a pavilion on a sliver of property she owns between two homes on the shoreline of Chaumont Bay.
Neighbors fought that and won.
Now, Rhea says the signs are to let the public know how people in the neighborhood feel.
"We need a public expression of the fact that this is not a welcome facility. I would also like to discourage people who are thinking about planning their wedding out here. I'm not opposed to them, but I'm opposed to them signing on a venue that's in a residential neighborhood," she said.
Miller defends her winery and says this puts pressure on her business.
"It is uncomfortable for some of our guests and it makes it more difficult to run our business, and I think that's intentionally so," she said.
Miller says the winery only hosts events during business hours.
It's open no later than 8 o'clock.
Miller says customers go there for the upscale and relaxed environment.
"Our guests want to talk. They want to speak to each other, they want to have conversations and our music is more like background than it is a rock concert and it's always been that way," she said.
Miller plans to continue growing her business where she can. For now the signs remain a greeting and farewell.