In May of 2018, CrossFit Horsepower was deemed a public nuisance by the Hermosa Beach, CA City Council who claimed that neighbors and residents had been “greatly and adversely affected” by music, use of sidewalks for exercise and dropping of weights.
CrossFit Horsepower had 90 days to meet nearly impossible terms such as not being able to hear the music outside, no running outside and soundproofing the entire building.
Pretty much a deathblow.
Horsepower sued the city in November, asking a judge to set aside the city’s earlier decision that Horsepower is a public nuisance, and to compensate the gym’s owners for the lost value of the business, as well as attorney’s fees and litigation costs.
But it’s all proven to be too much, as Horsepower announced yesterday that they are closing their doors.
“We are extremely grateful to have had the opportunity to meet and work with so many of our Hermosa Beach neighbors in their journey to improve their lives. We thank all of them for their years of dedication and support and are sorry we were forced to close our doors,” their Facebook page reads.
Not just about the noise.
CrossFit Horsepower addressed what all affiliate owners should be aware of.
“Regardless of what you think about our gym, it should be troubling to everyone that one or two of the City’s elected officials could use the City’s might and resources to extinguish a lawful, existing business just because they didn’t like it, or decided that particular business didn’t fit their vision for the community, or appease their constituency.”