Esplanade noise, parking and special events continues to be concern

— City Council approved an increase in the number of special events at the Esplanade in August 2008 raising them from 28 to 56 and giving the increase a one year trial to see if it worked for nearby residents. Some residents across from Smokehouse Bay say it’s not working.

Ronald Postma of Solana Court is among them and pointed out to Council in early February that the 2001 development agreement prohibits amplified outdoor music at the Esplanade.

City Manager Steve Thompson, Community Development Director Steve Olmsted and Chief Code Enforcement Officer Eric Wardle met with restaurant employees and residents and are made the following conclusions ... Parking is limited. Noise complaints are coming from amplified music at CJ’s, outdoor conversations, motorcycles, buses and parties at Guy Harvey’s. The noise has remained below the 60 decibels identified in the nuisance laws, Thompson reported in a Feb. 23 memo to council.

Thompson said the following solutions are being recommended as a compromise between the Esplanade businesses and nearby residents: The Esplanade will pursue off-site parking; Guy Harvey’s will keep their back door facing the Smokehouse Bay Condominiums closed and keep noisy parties “subdued or indoors;” CJ’s will decrease music levels as the crowd thins and extend sound panels around speakers to reduce the sound travel and Summit Management Company will provide a means for residents to contact Esplanade’s on-site security for noise problems.

The issue will be discussed at the City Council meeting, which begins 5:30 p.m., Monday at 51 Bald Eagle Drive. Have documents or information to share, send to Eagle Content Editor Kelly Farrell, kfarrell@marconews.com or call 213-5335.

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