Volume at Thursday night’s Harbourside Place concert with Kristian Bush and Casey James was just right, said town officials.
But when a complaint about too-loud music brought police back the next night, they found the music from the band Fresh Catch was too loud.
“During acoustic concerts the sound level is fine. But when there is a full band with drums and bass like on Friday night, it’s way too loud,” said Kevin Gallant, a resident of Waters Edge Estates, a gated community of about 20 homes where residents have been complaining to town officials about the volume.
Readings at about 8:30 p.m. Friday at the Harbourside stage showed 84 decibels, nine over the 75 decibel maximum, according to the police report.
A band employee “advised he could not turn it lower and he advised the band three times that it needed to be turned down on their end…Decibel levels for the entire evening revealed consistent readings above the maximum 75 DB allowed,” according to the police report.
The information was turned over to the town’s code compliance division. They will decide whether to pursue a violation, according to Jupiter Police Spokesman Adam Brown.
Harbourside officials were assessed a $16,500 fine on March 11 by the town for music played too loud at a Jan. 19 concert.
The music can be up to 55 decibels at Waters Edge and up to 75 decibels at the Harbourside stage, according to town regulations. Police did not take readings Friday night from Waters Edge.
Harbourside is working to comply with town volume limits, said Nick Mastroianni III, vice president of Allied Capital & Development, the company that built the development on the northwest corner of Indiantown Road and U.S. 1.
Town officials measured the sound Thursday night from Waters Edge and found no violation.
“We’re doing our best to stay within the regulations,” Mastroianni said.
Harbourside is about 500 feet across the Intracoastal Waterway from Waters Edge Estates. Since opening in October, the $150 million entertainment center has drawn repeated complaints from Waters Edge residents about too-loud volume and too many concerts.
Plastic roll-up sound curtains, stage carpeting and a sound monitoring system have been installed to muffle the noise, say Harbourside officials. The latest music is allowed to play is 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.
Meanwhile, about 2,500 people have signed a petition in support of outdoor music at Harbourside.
“The sound curtain has made the volume better. But when there’s a full band, it’s still too loud,” Gallant said.
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