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'Sunset Music Series' noise complaints

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By Dana Griffin

dgriffin@abc6.com

NEWPORT, RI- For the first time in 16 years, the outdoor Sunset Music Series, one of Newport's most poplar music events could be put on mute if an agreement can't be reached between the city and the Newport Harbor Corporation.

The company was issued three noise violations this summer for having music louder than 75 decibels.

"A vacuum cleaner is 75 decibels when you're 10-feet away and we are operating a music venue and an entertainment venue which is going to require more than 75 decibels to continue operation," said chief marketing officer, Kerri Quinn Jaffe.

The company says it hasn't changed anything from previous years and is now asking for a sound ordinance variance, because if they have to drop their music level, they would consider canceling the event.

Owner of Pilgrim House Inn, Barry Fonseca said "Whenever an event kind of goes away from Newport it can sometime be not a good thing. You know, we like having people come to town."

Newport Harbor Corporation conducted an independent economic impact study. They found that their series brought in over $11million to Newport.

"Every time there's a good concert, there's a ton of people coming to town, spend money and have a good time. That's what Newport's all about," said The Fastnet Pub owner, Finbarr Murray.

The concerts end at 9:30 p.m. during the week and at 10:00 p.m. on the weekends.

Jaffe said, "These are very reasonable hours of operation and we stand by those."

"Just because they want to go to bed at 10 o'clock, my suggestion is find somewhere else to live," said Murray.

Resident Alan Voll said, "Obviously we don't want to give somebody free reign to jack the volume up. We don't wan it to become a problem in the future. You can hear it but like I said, for me personally, I don't find it to be much of a complication."

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