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Paragon facing closure- Nathan R. Wong

- says ongoing noise nuisance case placing stranglehold on Paragon Conference & Entertainment Centre as nightclub licence not being renewed
Paragon Conference and Entertainment Centre is located on the upper floor of this building in Fish Bay, Tortola. Photo: VINO
Nathan R. Wong. Photo: Facebook
Nathan R. Wong. Photo: Facebook
The resident who filed the noise nuisance complaint against Paragon, Charles Tobias. Photo: Irf.org
The resident who filed the noise nuisance complaint against Paragon, Charles Tobias. Photo: Irf.org
The interior of the establishment. Photo: VINO
The interior of the establishment. Photo: VINO
The setting, according to Nathan R. Wong, is just right for a number of different events. Photo: VINO
The setting, according to Nathan R. Wong, is just right for a number of different events. Photo: VINO
The bar. Photo: VINO
The bar. Photo: VINO
Another view of the inside of the establishment. Photo: VINO
Another view of the inside of the establishment. Photo: VINO
FISH BAY, Tortola, VI – Paragon Conference and Entertainment Centre, a popular spot for the hosting of events of various sorts and located in Fish Bay, Tortola, is threatened with going out of business as it is reportedly being denied a nightclub licence as a consequence of an ongoing noise nuisance case in the Magistrate’s Court.

Persons have bombarded our newsroom with calls asking why it was that the Paragon’s licence is being held up. They told us that Paragon is the only location suited for many of the events they frequent and that they enjoy the comfortable parking available.

We took these concerns to Nathan R. Wong of Paragon Conference and Entertainment Centre and asked him whether these concerns were valid and whether the business is still operational.

Still in business

Wong said that Paragon is still operating and doing business. “However, with that being said, we no longer do nightclub events or any events for that matter past 12am. So we have been doing small functions for various schools, art exhibitions, catered events, non-profit conferences, fashion shows, church gatherings, school graduation ceremonies and those types of things,” Wong said.

Wong added that although late events, Paragon was never intended to be a nightclub, “nor did we want to deal with those additional headaches and late nights. It was only because of the costs that were accumulated during construction that we decided to do these types of events to pay off some of the initial capital invested into the business.”

He said, however, within their first six months of business a resident living in Kingston filed a noise complaint and took the business to court in June 2014. “The court case lasted three months and almost 9 months later the Magistrate is yet to make a decision to renew or deny our club licence. So as of June 2014 we have been operating with a restaurant and bar licence,” said Wong.

This resident is Charles Tobias, this news site was reliably informed.

Unbearable

This news site contacted Tobias who confirmed that he is the person who filed the complaint against the business. 

Tobias said that he made several complaints to the business regarding the alleged noise nuisance and after the situation became unbearable he made an official complaint to the authorities.

“My experience was that they used to run the place sometimes until 4.00 in the morning. It is so loud that I couldn’t sleep. So I spoke to them politely on numerous occasions and tried to reach them on other occasions to try to work something out because I don’t want to be a hardship on any business,” he said.

Tobias said that the authorities came to his home and spent time to assess the loudness of the music allegedly emanating from Paragon.

“They determined that I was not exaggerating and that [the noise was indeed too loud],” he said. “You must understand that I have nothing in any way against the individuals personally. In fact I empathise with them. But [at my age] I can’t sleep and it is very difficult,” he said.

Paragon faces uncertainty

He said that it is uncertain where the business will be in the coming months if the nightclub licence is not renewed. “We’re trying to do it ‘the right way’ and we’re encountering a lot of obstacles. Maybe Paragon will be under new management/ownership who knows, anything is possible,” said Wong when asked about the future of the business.

He said that should Paragon go out of business it would be devastating for the people who depend on it. “Paragon employed a lot of people. It’s that simple. From entertainers, to promoters, to decorators, to wait staff, bartenders, to cleaning staff and the list goes on,” he said.

Wong said that Paragon offered what many other venues could not and this was a plus for the business. “Many of the local promoters came to our venue because it offered what many other venues in the BVI couldn’t offer. More than enough parking for any sized event (off of the main road), a well-lit parking lot, a spacious venue with a large stage, running water in the bathrooms at night, a safe building with ample fire exits, among many other things” said Wong.

“It is unfortunate that one man can put all of those people out of work so easily, and it probably didn’t even cost him any money to do it,” said Wong.

The best choice

Speaking with this news site today April 7, 2015, one promoter said that Paragon was the event venue of choice for him as it represented the best chance of making the best returns on an event.

“Paragon actually is the ideal spot on Tortola for holding events for several reasons. Starting from the outside, it has excellent parking area with the parking lot; it is out of the way of the town area where traffic will be an issue, and on the inside it is double the size of any venue on Tortola. From that perspective alone that would make it an attractive place for a promotor like me. It is a comfortable spot,” he said.

He said too that when one considers the number of people Paragon can accommodate, this translates to returns for the event organisers. “The fact that Paragon is closed [for late night events] has affected the entertainment business,” said the promoter, who did not want his name revealed.

56 Responses to “Paragon facing closure- Nathan R. Wong”

  • .... (07/04/2015, 17:09) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Smh
  • GODBLESS (07/04/2015, 17:32) Like (3) Dislike (25) Reply
    I'm surely not surprised, it's a trend in the BVI when it comes to club and some other business they do good when just open everyone flock then the thing flop when owners fail the to creative or change from what the advertised.
    • Grammar Poolice (07/04/2015, 23:10) Like (25) Dislike (0) Reply
      Did you even read the article? It didn't flop, there are no night-time events because of the pending court ruling.
      • GODBLESS (08/04/2015, 09:13) Like (0) Dislike (7) Reply
        Then come right and good when ur coming out to the main streem
  • hm (07/04/2015, 17:34) Like (2) Dislike (16) Reply
    Because the youth were their only source of income, now that he put an age limit to entry no one goes there.
  • Yes (07/04/2015, 17:55) Like (14) Dislike (37) Reply
    So the white man run a local out of town
    • wize up (07/04/2015, 20:13) Like (10) Dislike (22) Reply
      LOL; it got worst to get. its when those whites start to run for political office you will hear the joke !!!!! the citizens have to compete against the financial influence of these whites in our city.....when CTL opens some them in that neighbourhood will have things to say about that business....... when you can not make an honest dollar in your own city its bad????
      • Bvi man (07/04/2015, 21:56) Like (36) Dislike (4) Reply

        Stop talking $%&*! If someone opened a club right below your residence and played loud music til wee hours you would be upset as well. It has nothing to do with white or black. As a matter of fact, more local black people complain about loud music than whites, FACT! Ask the club owners along waterfront drive and other areas who are the ones calling the police, it's not white people. Instead of encouraging the guy to do what's right we are here making excuses and making this about race. Some white peopl can be disgusting and condescending. In this case, if the noise is loud it's $%^&* loud. What's the problem?

        • wize up (08/04/2015, 01:54) Like (6) Dislike (8) Reply
          yea, BVI Man: you making sure you defend the BVI-Cash-Cow(whity)....when we call the police for the club owner in road town NOTHING happens....the very next week/night the same thing usually happens(talk that wise-@$$)
          • SMH (08/04/2015, 11:07) Like (13) Dislike (1) Reply
            Let me tell you something, I am a local and I never hesitated to call the police when I lived in an area that the music was so loud in my home I couldn't even hear the tv and this was after midnight.

            I phoned on different occasions regarding to separate areas of noise and the police wasted no time to put a stop to it.

            Just yesterday, I saw this rust coloured jeep with speakers to the front by the license plate blasting. Now, does anyone care to hear your music. This should be against the law. Everyone deserves peace of mind.
            • Hmmmm` (09/04/2015, 12:49) Like (1) Dislike (5) Reply
              it have a lot of jeep with speakers out side my jeep also have them so what you trying to say people cant play their music! let set a time when not to play it loud every thing for you people is law this and that what about freedom.
              • ImanI (09/04/2015, 14:30) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
                @hmmmm, you boasting about lots of jeep with speakers outside including your, well for your information it's against the law to be blasting music as you like from those speakers. You should get a copy of the Noise Abatement Act and read it for yourself. Ah yo people in this country to lawless
                • Hmmmm (09/04/2015, 15:50) Like (1) Dislike (4) Reply
                  @Imani I do know about the Noise abatement act. My volume is set to the law but its. Every thing is a problem to you tortola people what next you.
        • facts (09/04/2015, 08:52) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
          1 there are no club on waterfront drive they are bars
        • Outlast (09/04/2015, 14:25) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
          BVI man, it's not only the noise that is of concern here, check the records and you will be amazed at the amount of incidents some violent that have taken place out there for the shirt time that place was open. We are always looked upon as a lawless society so to some people that means nothing. You want to run business, do what is right and at the same time respect other people's rights and freedom
      • Nadine (08/04/2015, 17:14) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
        When CTL opens, it will be welcomed with open arms. CTL does not do business at night making a bunch of noise disrupting people's sleep. CTL is a son of the soil who we will defend forever, I cannot wait until he is open so I don't have to go all the way to town or Baughers Bay. CTL made a very good move to Fish Bay and I for one, as well as others who agree, will support him.
    • @ lol (07/04/2015, 22:20) Like (5) Dislike (19) Reply
      Under the ndp the white man rules the bvi but a better day is coming
  • just asking. (07/04/2015, 18:07) Like (7) Dislike (11) Reply
    What a shame they need to leave the guys alone...
  • Vision (07/04/2015, 19:30) Like (114) Dislike (0) Reply
    Well if noise is the problem why not invest in totally sound proofing the place. That will be the solution the noise will be kept inside Charles can get his sleep and everyone is happy
    • good idea (07/04/2015, 22:06) Like (25) Dislike (0) Reply
      Vision, that's the best comment I've read in a long time. Wong, invest in soundproofing!
    • weed (08/04/2015, 06:05) Like (5) Dislike (2) Reply
      Shame on the courts..the BVI is still a democratic country and the court cannot play politics with the econmic well being of the people
    • LNB (08/04/2015, 09:24) Like (25) Dislike (3) Reply

      Even when Paragon was jumping you could barely hear the music from right there in the parking lot. But he could hear the music from all up the hill. The building was pretty insulated. 

      • Hmm (08/04/2015, 15:50) Like (13) Dislike (1) Reply
        And my thing is the club is in fish bay and he's all the way Kingston and could hear noise???? well sah!!! being right outside you cant even hear whats happening you wondering who on next from who playing now and he Kingston in his bed and could hear???? His ears to damnnn long if yuh ask me lol
    • Really??!! (08/04/2015, 10:45) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      I thought exactly the same thing!! Might be costly for such a big space but would be worth it in the end, I think.
    • @vision (09/04/2015, 15:30) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      When I read the title of this article I thought to myself that it was strange for an indoor venue to disturb the peace when they are usually sound proofed. I live in CGB and constantly deal with noise on any given day of the week; but all of those bars are outdoor.
  • RUDIE (07/04/2015, 19:34) Like (7) Dislike (5) Reply
    Because it is a white man you all want to shut down this club what about the black lady who went to court about the noise on week end in the road town area nothing has been done about that.
    • wize up (07/04/2015, 22:01) Like (4) Dislike (6) Reply
      RUDIE; you talking the truth... those white operated establishments do whatever they want...we have them frenchman's cay making a set of noise; calling the police is no help!!!!...this has noting to do with race but just the cold hard facts.....all i can say is W.T.F......
    • Coleone (08/04/2015, 07:49) Like (7) Dislike (3) Reply
      We still on the plantation.
  • dread (07/04/2015, 20:16) Like (7) Dislike (2) Reply
    is where them want ppl to go to party? they shut down the spots in town now they going after the spot on the outer skirt of town.
  • uhh (07/04/2015, 21:44) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
    Tobias is the owner of puzzers....
    • Fungi (08/04/2015, 06:56) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
      ..Let us fix Jthe BVI, so families can work and live together, instead of living in countries, that may or may not be welcome them ..

      What are we, Nomads ??!!!!!
  • Schups (07/04/2015, 21:54) Like (76) Dislike (3) Reply

    Why not sound proof the place? If they had a proper club we won't be reading this....! People just love to complain! You can't put a club smack in a residential area and not sound proof it. do what's necessary to get your license. I'm sure if you sound proof the place then that would solve the problem.

    • -------------------- (08/04/2015, 06:26) Like (1) Dislike (4) Reply
      Just how far along are you to becoming a psychologist?
      Oh boy!
    • PFFF RESIDENTIAL HAHA (08/04/2015, 10:30) Like (6) Dislike (2) Reply
      @Schups Wait you mean where all the warehouses and concrete plant is? C'mon the new CTL and car dealership and the SOL gas storage containers right there? That's the residential neighbourhood? By definition that's a COMMERCIAL AREA!!! SMH!!!
  • Longgggg (07/04/2015, 21:55) Like (16) Dislike (0) Reply
    More importantly why can't the magistrate make a decision? We paying her salary and she taking a year with no decision!?!?????
  • ..................... (07/04/2015, 22:19) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    This is just wrong the week taking advance of the strong
  • qc (08/04/2015, 06:01) Like (10) Dislike (3) Reply
    Oh wow! Tobias, the world will be watching.
  • fact (08/04/2015, 06:19) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply

    This Has nothing to do with SAOUND, anyone one on this blog tell me, have you ever been to paragon and can hear the music loud outside of that club in the parking lot? Paragon was outfitted with sound proofing. Absolute Power Corrupts Absolutely

  • vi (08/04/2015, 06:48) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
    Have these people lost their minds..Why are we so quick to show they have money and power?
  • shaun storm (08/04/2015, 07:42) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply

    wong aint see dem y***g g*rls jinxing them

  • yes (08/04/2015, 08:16) Like (23) Dislike (6) Reply

    LET ME SAY THIS, REAL TALK, MR T....... NAME SAID IT ALL, HE NEED TO STOP, JUST LIKE HOW HE DIDNT WANT D...A TO BUILD A WALL, HES ALWAYS COMPLAINING.............SOMETIMES, HE WOULD ME MAKE WONDER AND SAY THIS TO HIM, ITS PEOPLE LIKE YOU GET US UPSETTING. WHEN YOU FULLY WELL NO THAT YOU JUST HATE PEOPLE OF COLOUR...REAL TALK.

  • area resident (08/04/2015, 08:57) Like (17) Dislike (0) Reply

    Skelton and sol plant way worse than paragon; paragon might be loud once or twice a week if that. skelton quarry and sol plant is every single day. Sometime back they were useing a jack hammer and doing construction / demolition well after 8-11 o clock the night in sol yard. Call the police don't know if them reach yet? lets not even talk about when skelton them blasting or whatever they be doing. they know people live in the area. fighting the wrong people.

  • hey (08/04/2015, 09:32) Like (10) Dislike (1) Reply

    Some people been a pain in a lot of people's butts in this Territory..  thinks because them w**te and hs some money  can do and get away with all that they wants. wrongfully dismiss employees and sued by some and they won. complains about everything. even complained and went to every source in this Territory you can think about to stop a man when he was building his house. Why? because it was blocking their view. selfish, self centered, cantankerous, arrogant fools.

  • insider (08/04/2015, 10:09) Like (15) Dislike (2) Reply
    There are a lot of comments about "adding more sound proofing". This wouldn't be a problem if there were some correspondence between the courts and the business owner. There is no assurance that if X, Y & Z are completed and a sound test is "passed" that a license will be granted. Sound proofing has already been done on the inside, Mr. T's issues aren't with the noise, it's deeper than that. Management has been on the hill top with sound meters, recorded proof, and the vehicles driving by his residence, and the trees blowing in the wind create more noise than Paragon's music, and this is from outside his house, I would only imagine within his "great walls" of his comfortable home it is even more quiet. He has no proof, Paragon does, and yet the magistrate has yet to make a ruling.

    Mr. T complained about Paula's back in the day (Paula ran him out the establishment with a 2x4, never to return), he complained about CTL, Skelton Qaurry, Tola Mitsubishi, and even Ocean's 7. He is clearly the unofficial Mayor of Fish Bay and Fish Bay's neighbouring islands.
  • Party Lady (08/04/2015, 10:17) Like (14) Dislike (0) Reply

    need to pay staff more money before he study about noise

  • ITSTART (08/04/2015, 10:33) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply

    Them honkeytonks always going in people place and trying to tell them how to run it. I keep saying, we busy fighting and cussing our own people, when the real Shiite hit the fan, it will be them on our backs. The UK overrun with foreigners, them running here and always want to bring their r*st mentality here. Let the owner of Paragon find a solution that Tobias can live with, but do not put the man out of business. Why he don't move and go live in Pussers. Ah sick ah them, man. This is just the beginning.

  • >. < (08/04/2015, 11:37) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply

    Have any of you ever been to Paragon whenever there is an event? I have, and I can tell you that they are NOT loud. That building is already sound proof and noise could hardly be heard from the parking lot much less all the way up in the hills. It is not possible. Killing the nightlife in this country. It needs to stop

  • SMH (08/04/2015, 12:02) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply

    One thing is for certain is that the BVI consists of a bunch of inconsiderate a-holes who when it comes to making their money or having their fun they could care less about otrs around them. I don't live Fish Bay but if what this man has been experiencing is anything like what's been recently introduced to the baughers bay/fort hill/purcell neighbourhoods well I get his frustration. For persons who don't live in these areas and have to endure the BS can never understand. You think it's easy being at home, trying to relax, get some sleep only to have loud music blaring through your home late night nonetheless, come on now. Take a pass through fort hill on a friday and you will see what i'm talking bout. How can you consciously have DJs and live bands in an open venue smack in the middle of a neighbourhood pounding music for hrs disturbing ppl. One thing is for certain is once you have some fancy last name or belong the social club you get away with anything under the sun. God don't sleep though & ppl need to remember what you don't want for yourself don't dish it out on others

    • Hmm (10/04/2015, 14:20) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      If you could pass there at all, that is one place that really needs to relocate. Tuesday's were bad, I actually drive through Purcell hill just to avoid it.
  • idk (08/04/2015, 13:34) Like (5) Dislike (5) Reply
    Too many of them come here and think
    This is a retirement country. I live above a night club and the noise does but keep me from sleeping. That man
    Has money. Why he don't move from that location since he's the only one complaining.
    • @idk (08/04/2015, 14:39) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
      Seriously. Literally the only resident to EVER complain... And they're apartments straight across the road....
  • vincyman (08/04/2015, 14:51) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    JUST SOUNDPROOF THE PLACE IF U WANNA DO THE NITE CLUB..
  • rooster (08/04/2015, 21:08) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply

    Ok let us protest stop supporting pu**** i done start.

  • 1 (09/04/2015, 10:17) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    One step forward, two steps back
  • on no (09/04/2015, 10:23) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    ..as the government is unable to stimulate the economy to provide jobs for its people ow now they trying to kill the private sector!
  • school children (10/04/2015, 10:03) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    Ndp must go bottom line


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