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Bluffton Neighbors Plan To Debate Noise Ordinance

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UPDATE: Dozens turn out to debate Noise Ordinance Amendment. Council had several questions; vote to table discussion a few weeks so another noise investigation can take place.


The fight for a noise ordinance in Old Town Bluffton continues at the town council meeting tonight.

Neighbors along Calhoun Street complain of deafening noise from nearby bars invading their homes, but others say they plan to oppose any ordinance at tonight's meeting.

It's mostly the outdoor music that has Bluffton buzzing.

"Well, they don't want that music to go away," says Joanie Iaco.

Iaco speaks for a group of petitioners who will fight against the proposed ordinance to limit outdoor music.

However, some who live by the popular bars which host outdoor entertainment think differently.

"I don't think business should be able to bother you in your own home. It's many times in the house, even with all the windows and doors shut," Paige Camp says.

The drafted ordinance on the agenda for discussion tonight would prohibit music before 10 a.m. and after 7 p.m. Sunday through Thursday. Music would be prohibited before 10 a.m. and after 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

Residents on Calhoun Street say it will provide them with the quiet they have the right to in their homes.

Others say that music is good for business, and believe Bluffton could lose its growing popularity without it.

"That's not good for downtown Bluffton, as far the people it's bringing in," Iaco says.

Each side will get a chance to voice their view tonight at the 6 p.m. meeting.

Musician Jevon Daly plans to attend.

"If you're going to go down to the dispensary, or V-55 or Woody's or Corks, I think those are the places we're talking about, and take the music away, what else will be taken away?"

Beforehand, Daly says he's heard nothing but support for his opposition to any ordinance.

"My Facebook page has been flooded with support"

Iaco says the petition with 700 signatures will be brought to attention, as well. For now, she only hopes no final decision is made.

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