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Mardi Boardwalk won't be allowed to exceed sound limit

Last Modified: Friday, January 25, 2013 6:45 PM

By Eric Cormier / American Press

Homeowners living along River Road on the Calcasieu River spoke their mind Thursday and Friday and as a result, neither Mardi Gras Boardwalk nor any other entertainment business that builds along Lake Charles will be able to play music over the city’s legal sound limit.

On Friday, the American Press was contacted by several residents who voiced their displeasure with a news story that they believe implied the sound test conducted by the development company did not characterize how loud the amplified music was.

City and company officials conducted several sound tests over 90 decibels — the city’s limit — in hopes of finding out how much effect on the surrounding community blaring music would have. The test was done on the nine acres of property that Mardi Gras Boardwalk wants to buy on the lakeshore to build a multimillion-dollar entertainment complex that would include an amphitheater for outdoor performances.

Sound checks at high decibel levels were conducted Thursday afternoon and night. A policeman equipped with a sound gauge checked the sound levels along Lakeshore Drive, Shell Beach Drive and River Road.

City Councilman Dana Jackson said after the sound test that Mardi Gras Boardwalk would not be allowed to generate music at 100 decibels — which the company had hoped for.

“We told them, after the music was played, they can’t get the limit they wanted,” he said.

Stanley Calderera, who lives on River Road, supports lakefront development but was upset about how loud the music played after 10 p.m.

“With the test that was done, people should have been advised. It is rude to do that at 10:30 p.m.,” he said.

Greg Whelan also lives on the road. He is worried about the impact loud music would have had on the small river community.

“We don’t want to destroy the neighborhood with noise. This is a quiet neighborhood. Also, we don’t want to stand in front of progress.”

Gary Dickson, an official with Mardi Gras Boardwalk, said designers will work within the confines of the law in developing the construction plans.

“We wanted to see what the tolerance was, and the city did a good job of evaluating that. I think we will be able to accommodate,” he said.

Mardi Gras Boardwalk officials and the city are getting closer to finalizing the last details of a purchase and cooperative endeavor agreement that could be voted on by the City Council next month.

Jackson understood that a group of residents were upset about being awakened by the loud music Thursday night and defended the test not being publicized beforehand.

“We wanted legitimate opinion and didn’t want people staying up and hearing for the sounds,” he said. “All we were doing is being proactive. For people who heard it for a small time frame, that is better to hear it now than for the next 30 years. All we did was test and got our answer.”

Posted By: Bill Spoon On: 1/26/2013

Title: Typical Lake Chuck

Shell Beach mafia strikes again. We will never maximize the lakefront because of the people on live on and around the lake. They actually believe they have a birthright to a navigable waterway. let me ask a hypithcial question.... What good is an amphitheater if you are going to force them to have the same limitations as say Luna's? And why are you are going to have the Lake Charles City Police shutting down concerts instead of fighting real crime? 2 steps forward 4 steps back..God forbid the privileged few be denied total slience behind their moots and walls.

Posted By: Angelic Francois On: 1/26/2013

Title: A Few Controlling People

It appears as usual there are always a few that continue to want to limit the growth of the downtown area by complaining of the music. The Mardi Gras Boardwalk will be a great entertainment venue for this area. However I expect constant complaints by those that consider themselves to be the upper crust of society and find anything they consider beneath their standard of living to interfere with their life style.

Posted By: Sad for Lake Charles On: 1/26/2013

Title: What A Joke

Really people? What a joke! We finally have the opportunity to attain something fresh and new in the Lake Charles area and now there are select residents worried about noise levels; AGAIN?!?!? GEEZ! To begin with, there is absolutley nothing---beyond nothing done about the noise and continued indecency of young people hanging out around the civic center at night; playing loud music, drag racing, drinking and using the most ridiculous profanity and display of filth in their taste of music. But wait, most of those are the kids from Barbe as well as some who are known affiliates of the River Road cronies (grandkids, kids, etc..) [known fact]. And here's another fact for you winers on River Road; there is more noise coming from the interstate and boats in the river than you would ever notice on the lake front. But wait, here's the real problem; it all comes down to politics as usual; who has their say and who has their hands in the cookie jar. Maybe Mardi Gras Boardwalk willl simply say "the heck with Lake Charles" and decide not to build. Then the city could build something more suitable and quiet; perhaps another dog park, a cemetery, or just a place where the winers can go sit and suck their thumbs along with the spineless council members.

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