I have been the resident DJ at South Bay on a Sunday afternoon for 5 years now at my popular ‘South Bay Sessions’ . I have worked hard with the leaseholder Kenneth Howe to create Hong Kong’s answer to KU DE TA in Bali and Cafe Mambo in Ibiza. I have played for peoples weddings, birthday parties, leaving parties, have watched people get together and break up with my music as the soundtrack and have witnessed some fantastic sunsets . Because of our hard work, beach visitor numbers have dramatically increased over the past 5 years (this is one of the goals of the LCSD btw). I am sympathetic to the residents whose companies are probably paying upwards of HKD100,000 a month in rent so that they can enjoy the peaceful noise of waves lapping gently against the rocks rather than the distant ‘doof doof’ of late night house music, however soft. We are very friendly with most of the residents & their families who live in the area as they are our loyal & regular customers.
We do know that there is one individual who lives in South Bay who has had a vendetta running against us for a few years now. He even came into the venue once shouting and screaming promising ‘he would not rest until South Bay is shut down’. I’d guess he made most of the 12 complaints. We have always wanted to work closely with the residents to find a good solution so that everyone can be happy. Unfortunately, it looks like one person has successfully ruined everything with just 12 complaints.
@fair and neutral: So far as cleaning up the beach goes, I have personally seen far more mess made on other beaches than at South Bay. Try visiting Shek-O or even Tai Long Wan in Sai Kung after a public holiday to witness real littering.
fair_and_neutral Ironically, South Bay has just made the Louis Vuitton Luxe guide recently. This is good for Hong Kong tourism and good for Hong Kong as it highlights a little-known feature of Hong Kong to visiting tourists.
There are SO many things that could be done at South Bay and all the other beaches in Hong Kong that would create jobs for locals and raise awareness of green issues. for example, the government could offer hawker licences for drink sellers, ice-cream sellers, traditional masseurs, deck chair & sunbed rentals or make the beach huts at South Bay into restaurants or small shops to name a few. These would create jobs for local people and attract more people to the beach. Also, South Bay enjoys some of the cleanest water in Hong Kong. We could arrange school trips to measure water quality to educate kids about littering in the sea for example, or place recycling bins on the beach to encourage recycling.
The LCSD should be focusing on these issues, NOT closing down and ruining the popular beaches of Hong Kong.
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