Sarasota, Florida -- Sarasota County Commissioners are moving forward with a new noise ordinance with a public hearing set for March 19.
Since Bob's Boathouse opened on October 30, many neighbor's along Phillippi Creek have been less than happy.
"It's a constant boom, boom, boom all night until 2 a.m.," says Carol Thomas who lives across from Bob's Boathouse. Thomas and nearly 20 homeowners have complained to Sarasota County Commissioners about the loud music. Carol says, "It's every night, everyday it's constant."
A homeowner posted a YouTube video one night to show what they hear from their backyard. The sound from the restaurant is clearly heard from about 300 feet away.
"We bought our homes, this is supposed to be our peace, our refuge. It's a nightmare," says Carol.
"We are prisoners in our own homes cannot escape music blast across the creek," says Michelle Lee whose home is directly across from Bob's Boathouse. Michelle explained to commissioners today that she and her family are unable to enjoy the outdoors because of the noise generating from bands at the restaurant. Michelle says the noise "dictates" their lives.
Lee's husband Henry adds, "We have a neighbor from hell with Bob's Boathouse."
Despite doing more than two dozen inspections in more than three months, Sarasota County Code Enforcement did not find a noise violation at Bob's Boathouse, but the controversy has sparked a revision of the county's noise ordinance.
The proposed noise ordinance would move the cut off time from 11 p.m. to 10 p.m. and lower the decibel level by 5 decibels.
To read the proposed noise ordinance click here.
Homeowners hope the ordinance will be enough. Carol says, "It's probably not enough, but at this point we will take anything as a neighborhood."
"It should restore a lot of quality of life lost when Bob's Boathouse arrived," says Jim Whorter, President of the River Forest Civic Association.
If approved, the new noise ordinance would apply county wide. A public hearing has been set for March 19.
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