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It was a pretty good crowd for a Saturday.
A Billy Joel impersonator wearing sunglasses and playing a keyboard drew between 1,500 and 1,900 people to the Bayfront concert series last weekend, Naples code enforcement estimated.
"Can you hear me back there?" Joel's stand-in Mark Anthony asked the crowd. "We can turn this up."
Saturday's show came days after the Bayfront condo association wrote to organizers of Rockin' on the Bay to say they want the shows stopped.
Sensing the end could be near for the event, organizers worked the mic, encouraging fans to support the event through their social media accounts.
"We need one favor from you tonight," said event organizer Mike Randall of McQuaid Marketing.
Randall asked the crowd to flood City Hall today, fill out speaker slips and voice support for the free shows.
City Council will decide at its 8:30 a.m. meeting whether the show can go on. Critics have complained about noise, parking problems and the thousands that have descended on the waterfront community each weekend.
"Our intention is never, ever, ever to upset any homeowners," Tiffany McQuaid of McQuaid Marketing told attendees Saturday night, tearing up as onlookers watched from the balconies of some Bayfront condos.
When McQuaid Marketing gained approval from the council for its permit at a Jan. 16 meeting, it was on the condition that city staff review the event in February before additional concerts would be approved through March. The permit could be revoked if there were any noise complaints verified by police to be over the city's noise ordinance, which limits such events to 65 decibels before 10 p.m.
Even though there have been no verified noise complaints, the condo association insists the organizers have violated the permit, setting up early and tearing down late. Decibel levels seem to exceed what is allowed, the association's attorney wrote, and the association objects to the concert series' continuation due to the "apparent size and nature of these events."
Some Bayfront residents said the association does not represent the majority opinion.
"It's really good to see life in Naples like that," resident Joey Alioto said of the concerts.
Alioto, 56, watches the concerts from his fifth-floor balcony, which overlooks the temporary stage.
He said the association didn't poll residents to ask their opinion before sending a letter to the city and McQuaid Marketing. He said he hopes City Council can look past the few who are complaining.
"It's in your condo documents that it's a mixed-use community," Alioto said. "If you don't like noise, don't sign on the dotted line."
Fellow resident Amy Logan agreed.
"There are four or five people who don't like it and they're spoiling it for the rest of us," she said.
Logan, 59, also lives on the fifth floor and watches the concerts from her lanai. She said she planned to be at council today and thinks the association went behind residents' backs in sending the letter. They canceled a meeting and a poll to ask residents' their thoughts, she said.
"They've had weeks to poll residents," Logan said. "I think they don't want to ask because they don't want to know what the answer is."
Attempts to reach association president Gary Histed were unsuccessful this week. He declined to comment last week.
Eric Becker, owner of EJ's Bayfront Cafe, said the concerts have boosted business for him and others, both in Bayfront and around the city.
"When it's over at 9 p.m., there are still 3,000 people here who go elsewhere," he said.
Becker said he wished the association had talked out their problems before sending their letter to the city and McQuaid Marketing. Residents he talks to are in support of the series, he said.
"It gives exposure to Bayfront," Becker said. "It lets people know we're here."