Report: DeKalb County government chasing businesses away

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt December 30, 2015
DeKalb County Georgia. Source: Google Maps.

DeKalb County Georgia. Source: Google Maps.

This story has been updated. 

DeKalb County has gained a reputation for being difficult to work with.

Now two local businesses are telling CBS 46 that they’ve had enough.

According to the report, shipping company Inland Seafood is threatening to move to Gwinnett County. The report also says that Sobban, a Korean diner, closed up shop due to issues with DeKalb County. When the restaurant announced it was closing earlier this month, it noted that the lease had expired and the owners planned to open a location in¬†Songdo, South Korea. There’s also talk of reopening the business in Cobb County.

The CBS article gives another reason for the restaurant’s closure. The business wanted to enclose a patio, but DeKalb government created “too many issues” for the owners to overcome.

DeKalb released a statement to CBS saying it is working to make the county more business friendly.

To read the CBS article, click here.

Jim Stacy, a local chef who runs Pallookaville in Avondale Estates and host of the “Get Delicious” TV show, also chimed in on dealing with county government.

“I’m still trying to overcome having no water for a week during high season. There will never be another DeKalb County business of mine if I can help it,” he wrote on the “Get Delicious” Facebook page. “We had a mechanical inspector that was so troublesome Avondale Estates pulled out of the DeKalb inspection process.”

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