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Buckhead Coalition leader clears air on Bieber ‘protest’
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February 24, 2014 06:31 PM | 1396 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Staff / Samantha M. Shal / At least 20 members of the media showed up to photograph what turned out to be five people with signs to protest Justin Bieber moving into Buckhead at about 7 a.m. Monday.
Staff / Samantha M. Shal / At least 20 members of the media showed up to photograph what turned out to be five people with signs to protest Justin Bieber moving into Buckhead at about 7 a.m. Monday.
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Powers Imagery/Invision/Associated Press / Justin Bieber performs June 28 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
Powers Imagery/Invision/Associated Press / Justin Bieber performs June 28 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
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Sam Massell
Sam Massell
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Sam Massell is clearing the air.

Massell, the Buckhead Coalition’s president, said the organization welcomes pop singer Justin Bieber, whose reported possible move to a $10.9 million home on Blackland Road in Buckhead has been criticized by some residents.

The Buckhead Neighborhood Coalition, a fake organization set up by Atlanta radio station Rock 100.5, Monday morning had its employees participate in a phony protest of Bieber’s move, at the corner of Blackland and Roswell roads. The station set up a Facebook page asking people to protest, but only station employees participated in it.

Massell, a former Atlanta mayor, said the nonprofit chamber-like organization of 100 CEOs has no relationship with the Buckhead Neighborhood Coalition.

“We have been bombarded with media inquiries concerning my identification as president of the ‘Neighborhood’ group and the suggestion that we would oppose the return to Atlanta of Justin Bieber, who previously lived here,” he said. “This is absolutely untrue. To begin with, my daughter Melanie, who is a professional vocalist, would disown me if I snubbed a young person who had become an international star entertainer.

“In addition, many years ago I encountered opposition to my Buckhead home purchase, at the time when I was an elected official of the city, so I’m particularly sensitive to how unfair this behavior can be. And, regardless of my present senior status, I’d like to believe I can relate to the behavior of typical teenagers, and I know many who were embarrassments in the past but are civic successes now.”

Massell also said he hopes residents obey the law if they plan to protest Bieber’s move in the future.

“I have clearly answered the news reporters that our laws protect the rights of all to purchase (and all to sell) residential property,” he said. “In addition, there are laws protecting the right to petition and protest for and against the issues of the day. All we ask is that everyone obey the ordinances governing such, and ensure peace and tranquility for our fellow man.

“If I have the occasion to greet Justin Bieber, it will be with open arms - and now let’s all get back to work.”
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