5 days ago, 04/16/2015 at 3:35pm
Who Do We Want To Be?
It’s time again for our Town to decide who we are and who we want to be.
Are we a live music destination for SWFL?
Are we a quiet residential town?
Or are we both or something in between?
The subject of noise is not a new one. With an existing ordinance crafted years ago that has been deemed unenforceable, you know noise has been an issue for a very long time. If anyone thought a new ordinance could be crafted quickly or easily, they certainly know better now.
The Town’s draft of a noise ordinance has gone through more changes than a Vegas showgirl as it wound its way through the LPA and Council work sessions on its way to a probable Public Hearing at a Town Council meeting on May 18th. At this point the May 18th agenda and a copy of the exact ordinance being proposed is not yet available as it’s with the Town Attorney. A copy will be available when it is placed on the agenda and the agenda is published, so watch the Town’s website.
There is some confusion on the noise issue and that is not helping the discussion. Recently Nervous Nellie’
s was told they were not allowed to have amplified music outside based on a COP provision for the property from over 10 years ago, dating from before it was Nervous Nellie’
s. Realizing that only a few tables right next to the musicians would hear non-amplified music, they opted to cancel all outside music. They still have inside music. The next step looks to be a request for a COP variance that would allow amplified music outside.