CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla. - A stabbing at the Red Neck Yacht Club over the weekend is raising questions about safety at the park. Charlotte County deputies say Jessica Hess stabbed another woman over and over during a fight.
The victim is recovering at Lee Memorial Hospital.
"When you have 10,000 people in that kind of atmosphere you have to expect you're going to have some things happen," says Shaun Cullinan, Planning and Zoning official.
On Saturday night, deputies say something did happen. They arrested Jessica Hess after they say she stabbed Ay Rachel five times during a fight. Witnesses say Hess had a 3-inch pocket knife.
Planning and Zoning Official Shaun Cullinan says when the park's owners came to the county with the idea a decade ago, there were only about six conditions they needed to follow. Those were mostly related to the landscaping and operating hours.
Cullinan says more recent projects have about four times the conditions mostly related to health and safety.
"We put restrictions on the ability for alcohol sales where it has to be done by the park so that they can control it because they have their liquor license on the line. they have to have a helicopter landing pad in the property in case there is an emergency," he adds.
He says at the end of the day, the challenge is that incidents like what happened Saturday are actions and out of their control.
We reached out to the Red Neck Yacht Club for comment on the incident. We did not hear back from them.