Bayfront concert series to continue

Jan. 19 — Alter Eagles, an Eagles tribute

Jan. 26 — The Beatles tribute

Feb. 2 — Piano Man, Billy Joel tribute

Feb. 9 — The Stowaways, Jimmy Buffet tribute

Feb. 16 — Studio 54 dance band

Feb. 23 — Rocket Man, Elton John tribute

March 2 — Blues Brothers Review

March 9 — The Caribbean Chillers, Jimmy Buffet tribute

March 23 — Katy Perry and Lady Gaga tribute

March 30 — Journey tribute

April 6 — The Motowners

— The show will go on in Naples after City Council decided Wednesday to let an embattled Bayfront concert series continue.

But organizers of Rockin’ on the Bay were warned their permit could be revoked if city staff receives another verified noise complaint about the Saturday event.

“We’re happy that we get to keep rockin’,” said event organizer Tiffany McQuaid.

Supporters of the new 13-week concert series said the live music brings visitors to an otherwise ignored part of the city. City police estimated about 2,500 people attended the Jan. 12 concert to hear a Jimmy Buffet tribute band

“It’s a forgotten town in Naples and it needs to be revived again,” said Eric Becker, owner of the Bayfront restaurant EJ’s Bayfront Cafe.

About two dozen supporters of the concert series attended the City Council meeting. Ten took to the podium to urge council to keep the music playing after noise complaints surfaced recently.

“The noise level is no louder than the airplanes that fly over,” said Bayfront resident Charles Featherstone.

Council members cited parking problems, jaywalking across a busy Goodlette-Frank Road and a negative impact on residents of the complex.

“I have a real concern about what happens to the people who live there,” Councilwoman Dee Sulick said.

Still the permit was awarded by a 4-3 vote. Rockin’ on the Bay is scheduled for 11 more concerts held between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. Saturdays.

“I’m persuaded by the people who turned out,” Mayor John Sorey said.

City staff will review an improved parking and pedestrian traffic plan before a cover band performs songs by The Eagles on Saturday.

Council members agreed to review the event permit should they receive another verified noise complaint. Verified complaints are those confirmed by city police to be in violation of the city’s noise ordinance, not just a phone call to the mayor or city staff after the fact.

Concerts have been held at the mixed commercial and residential property for the past two weekends under an existing event permit held by Bayfront developer Kevin Stoneburner.

His live music permit for Shane’s Cabana Bar didn’t cover all that Rockin’ on the Bay did with their events, so McQuaid had to ask for her own permit at Wednesday’s council meeting.

After the first concert on Jan. 5, Sorey received 17 phone calls and emails from angry residents who complained the Bon Jovi tribute band was too loud. City police confirmed at least one instance of a city noise ordinance violation, constituting a verified complaint.

The event went more smoothly last weekend.

“In no way shape or form was our intent to upset anyone, upset any apple carts,” McQuaid said. “We want to do something that will be beneficial from multiple aspects.”

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