Mount Pleasant leaders, business owners share mixed feelings on proposed noise ordinance

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MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (WCBD) – Mount Pleasant Town Council on Tuesday voted to table discussion on a noise ordinance that would establish decibel limits.

Council will revive the discussion in December.

If approved, the new noise ordinance would establish different limits for both commercial and residential areas across Mount Pleasant. Conversations for a new ordinance started after Vickery’s Bar and Restaurant on Shem Creek received a hefty noise violation fine this past summer.

“It came about because music was filtering into surrounding neighborhoods, that’s what we’re trying to address… Nobody wants to eliminate music from our hospitality venues, that’s not the issue.” says Mount Pleasant Mayor Will Haynie.

Commercial businesses would be limited to decibel ranges between 60 and 75 decibels while residential areas would be limited to decibel ranges between 50 and 65 decibels.

A spokesman with Vickery’s says they believe the ordinance is a good compromise while owners of other businesses say it’s the wrong move.

“It’s definitely not going to help us in anyway,” says Andy Palmer, co-owner of Red’s Ice House and Tavern and Table. “You know it’s been a rough two years and to implement something like this would certainly hinder our business.”

The ordinance would equip Mount Pleasant Police Officers with meters to read decibel levels.”

“It’s the town’s decibel meter and we would prefer something that is provable, something that is science based opposed to just someone’s discretion,” says Mayor Haynie.

The goal for all sides is to find common ground between entertainment and residential quality of life.

“We’ve always tried our best to keep the noise down for our neighbors and cut the music off a certain time at night… We’re willing to do whatever to help the town in this matter but taking music out of the picture would be very detrimental for our business,” says Palmer.

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