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Cave Creek bar fighting ban against race events

Posted at 9:57 PM, Dec 15, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-19 00:34:08-05

The Cave Creek bar, Outlaws, has been banned from holding off-road racing events on it's property due to noise complaints and possible issues with the law.

The ban has a lot of people sounding off in support and opposition of the move, but a town hall meeting will ultimately decide it's fate. 

From go-karts, to segways, and everything in between, several different kinds of motorized vehicles were invited to race around the Outlaw Bar arena. 

"It was a great event and a lot of people were enjoying it," said General Manager Matthew Deskins. "We had a lot of reviews on Facebook."

Deskins said it was a great event for the bar, and a way to bring in more customers on a Saturday night. 

But two months after it started, they got a notice from the town hall and sheriff's office.

"First it started off with neighborhood complaints, and we understood that, but then it switched to the decibel numbers being wrong, and we tried to rectify that," said Deskins. "Then it switched to, potentially it's just against Arizona law to race motor vehicles in Cave Creek."

The bar did put up sound barriers to try and work with the sheriff's office, but it was still shut down. 

ABC15 talked to the Vice Mayor who said the town hall plans to address the issue in the meeting next Monday night to let the public weigh in. 

Some Facebook comments from homeowners said they were not happy with the noise coming from the bar. 

Deskins said the races would be over by 10 p.m. or earlier, and a lot of other bars down the busy strip make a lot of noise late into the night. 

"It just made no sense as to why we were the spotlight of the ruckus in the town, when we are all making ruckus," said Deskins. "Each and everyone of these bars, that's the point is to have live bands and live entertainment."

The town council meeting is set for Monday, December 18th at 7 p.m.