I must admit that Paul Duggan's story about Rocky Coleman and his back-yard boxing gym {Style, Nov. 5} reads as an entertaining, even heartwarming, tale of a man devoted to his boxers, his sport and his family. As well-written as it was, however, it fails to capture the depth of frustration and anger of Mr. Coleman's neighbors and the Cheverly town authorities, who have had to endure his disregard for common decency and the law for several years now.

What was described in the article as ''Rocky's Paradise'' is truly his neighbors' hell. Imagine living just a few feet away from Mr. Coleman's ''sun deck with ornamental ropes,'' from which you are regularly subjected (almost daily for five years) to blazing stadium-grade lights and blaring sounds of boxing-ring bells, cheers and the kind of music chosen specifically to inspire men to punch harder and harder.

In the article, Robert Payne, Prince George's County's zoning enforcement supervisor, is quoted as stating that someone in authority must witness the boxing on Mr. Coleman's ''sun deck'' before Mr. Coleman can be ordered by a court to stop. He is further reported as stating that it has been difficult to catch Mr. Coleman in the act because much of the boxing occurs at night, and ''to send someone out in the evening ... well, suppose a whole bunch of boxers decide to practice on our man?''

I find these statements outrageous. Why can't the court consider eyewitness accounts of Mr. Coleman's neighbors who observe the boxing on a daily basis? Courts use eyewitnesses who are not persons of authority for a host of other types of crimes and violations, so what's the difference here? And hasn't Mr. Payne ever considered sending his inspector out with a police escort to make sure that the inspector is not used as a punching bag? If fear is a factor in enforcement here, how does Mr. Payne think the neighbors feel when they have to place their own safety on the line in order to complain about the intolerable situation?

Finally, Mr. Duggan's article could be read to suggest that, because Mr. Coleman rents from Thomas Foley, a member of the Cheverly Town Council, the council is somehow looking the other way in this matter. Far from it. For five years now, the mayor and council have tried everything in their power to get the county to do something about this situation. But something always happens -- some court delay, some loophole, some oversight on the part of county authorities -- to let Mr. Coleman off the hook. At this point, I am beginning to think, with a lot of other people, that the county's zoning enforcement office is either incredibly inept or incredibly fearful of the consequences of doing their job in this case.

LARRY BEYNA Member, Cheverly Town Council Cheverly