Summer is all about being outside. Nothing better than enjoying a drink while listening to music. But what about neighbors seeking peace and quiet?
Margate Commissioners discussed the local noise ordinance on Thursday, July 1.
During public comment, a resident of Island House, which is next to Venturas Greenhouse, asked for a little relief.
Extreme level of noise coming from the Greenhouse. Worst it’s ever been.Island House Neighbor
When sound was measured by a neighbor from adjacent Island House, they claimed it was well over 85 decibels.
Normal conversation is about 60 dB, a lawn mower is about 90 dB. In general, sounds above 85 are harmful, depending on how long and how often you are exposed to them.
Margate Commissioner John Amodeo joked: Boy, would be nice to have a condo building there instead of a restaurant. We tried.
Margate Commissioner Maury Blumberg: that (condo tower) would block the noise.
Need for a certified sound engineer or person with expertise with taking decibel readings.
Neighbor: Enforce the code that’s there. Give us some relief, within reason.
Temporary structures like Ventura’s outdoor beach bar must stop music by 8p.
Permanent structures like Ventura’s popular rooftop deck can play music until 10p.