Joseph Cereola has been hearing strange, deep sounds that keep him awake at night in his Nesika Beach home.
They're coming from his neighbor's house, he told county commissioners Wednesday afternoon, and he'd like the county to make them stop.
The neighbors, he said, have told Cereola they're conducting "radiation remediation" - taking radioactive materials emanating from the Fukushima nuclear plant disaster in Japan and converting them into inert elements using a "ray gun" and a long corrugated pipe through which sounds rumble onto the sandy beach below.
Cereola, a retired nuclear submarine captain, is having a little trouble believing that.
Regardless, the constant booming sounds are adversely affecting the rental income his mother's house overlooking the beach is bringing in - to the tune of $275 a night - much less, his nights of peaceful sleep.
"For last December, I had 25 inquiries; this year I have one," he said of his vacation rental. "People left comments on the Internet saying, 'It's a beautiful place, but the noise. ...'"
Cereola said county code doesn't permit this kind of use in a residential neighborhood, and despite the county's financial concerns, he and other neighbors believe the county is obligated to at least investigate the source.
Andrew Hohmann, the president of Life Ray, a nonprofit corporation, and Nancy Hutchison, the registered agent for the company said on their website that they believe low-level radiation emanating from the 2011 Fukushima nuclear reactor disaster in Japan is slowly poisoning those on the West Coast of America.
Hohmann could not be located for comment.
"There is hope. Someone is doing something to eliminate the radioactive contamination," a 15-minute YouTube video, provided to county planning director David Pratt, reads. "That someone is John Hutchison."
The website is http://www.youtube.com/atch?v=04a3WtgBY1Y. The video begins with reports about the Japanese disaster, segues into series of film clips of levitating tools - saws, nails, hammers - a lengthy discussion of ether, lamb shifts, the Casimir Effect, and wavelengths and tensors and vectors and algebraic equations of the highest order.
The nexus between floating pliers and eliminating radioactive contamination is vague, but the discoverer of this technology is Hutchison, who, the video said, is working exclusively with Life Ray and Hohmann in northern Curry County to take this technology and purge the atmosphere of radioactivity.
"The technology can supply the pulsations that radioactive materials need to stabilize," an email from Nancy Huchison to County Planning Director Dave Pratt in 2012. "It utilizes a computer that puts out vibrational tones along a speaker wire. The Tones are then fed into vacuum radio tube radio frequency generators and amplifiers. The wire carries the signals to interferometers and an amplifier. The signals transmute the radioactive elements into inert elements."
Twelve minutes into the video, the film pans across scenic Nesika Beach. A metallic, booming music is heard in the background - but it's eerily similar to the noise Cereola and his neighbors hear all day, every day.
People who stroll the beach can hear the sound if they stand below Hohmann's house. From the street, it appears the equipment consists of one more speakers situated over the bluff and a device they refer to a ray gun mounted on a tower.
"Until recently, it was really only in the beach area - music at the fringes and noise at the unit," said Carl King, who lives across the street from Hohmann. "Now, I can hear that pulsating bass at the edge of my lawn. It's there. And it's there 24/7."
The text reads that plans have been submitted to the county to convert a building in the neighborhood to office space, classrooms and a conference center where "together, we can make radiation contamination a bad memory."
Only one comment associated with the video asked for proof that the "ray gun" and associated apparatus actually reduces radioactivity.
Neighbors - Cereola provided commissioners with a list - just want the noise to stop.
"I don't think the county is under any obligation to prove their radiation treatment works, just whether they can do it (there) or not," Cereola said. "We've been suffering with this problems for 18 months. We urge you to act quickly and help us."
He cited various county regulations that indicate such uses might not be permitted in a residential neighborhood, even under the terms of "outright use" of personal property. Those uses are limited to single-family, multi-family, residential care or mixed commercial user in existing non-residential buildings.
The use is not listed among the conditional uses permitted by the county, either, Cereola said.
"It is not a retail, professional or service establishment," he wrote in a packet of information he gave the commissioners. "It is not a church, school or community building. It is not a medical clinic for man or beast. It is not a residential care facility."
The conditional uses do, however, exempt community buildings for public or non-profit organizations," - Hohmann's Life Ray is a non-profit - but they must be "appropriate for the rural area in which they are located," county codes read.
Future plans for the property, outlined in an email to Pratt, could also be in violation of county codes, Cereola said. They include lab spaces for scientists, assembly and manufacturing spaces for the production of anti-radiation units and a video production studio.