Remerton City Council has shown a spirit of compromise and common sense by agreeing to amend a proposed noise ordinance.

Council leaders are set to act today at 5 p.m. on an ordinance that puts specific limits on outdoor noise such as music from the bars and restaurants that are popular in Remerton.

Some business owners were concerned the rules were too constraining and could seriously hurt business. The compromise came with the addition of one hour on Friday and Saturday night for outdoor music.

Now "musical instruments, speakers and/or singing performed outside of a house, dwelling or business establishment" will be banned after 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and midnight on Friday and Saturday.

One business owner said without the extra hour on the weekend, his restaurant would have to close. Most bars in Remerton do the lion's share of their business on weekends. Council members understand these businesses are the biggest part of the tax base in the small municipality. And yet residents' concerns about noise needed to be addressed.

Council member Vinita Bullard said balancing the groups' interests was difficult, but she was pleased with the result. "There will still be some things that (are difficult), but we've finally got something that's acceptable by groups and enforceable."



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