Last Modified: Wednesday, January 30, 2013 9:24 AM
Lake Charles City Councilman Marshall Simien thinks a sound study should be commissioned on the lakefront ahead of a final decision on selling nine acres of property to Mardi Gras Boardwalk.
His idea stems from last week’s sound check that was done along the lakeshore — which resulted in complaints from residents on River Road and First Avenue.
Simien told the City Council on Tuesday that the music that was played at high-volume levels was even heard at his house off Fitzenreiter Road.
“We owe it to citizens to go and get somebody who understands sound and find ways to mitigate whatever problems that can be caused,” he said. “Before a developer gets into a big expense, we need to get answers as to what the sound will do.”
Simien was one of several city officials who listened to the music being played Thursday night. He fielded calls Friday from residents who complained.
“One man even said his walls were shaking as the music was played.”
The sound test was done to provide city and Mardi Gras Boardwalk officials with an idea as to how far music played on the property during concerts would travel.
City Councilman Dana Jackson told the American Press on Friday that Mardi Gras Boardwalk officials would have to abide by the city’s 90 decibel limit after the test proved residents would be affected. The developer wanted the level to be 100 decibels.
But he is not interested in the city funding a new study.
“It is up to them to pay for a study to figure out what to do. They want to put a 20-foot wall up. Also, a seven-story building would be constructed, which could help,” he said.
Simien argued that a professional opinion is needed.
“None of us are experts in sound,” he said. “If we came up with a study that would assist developers, that would help, especially since we are talking about turning the lakefront into an entertainment district.”
Simien said he was surprised at how far the test music traveled and understands the concerns of residents.
Simien said nobody he talked to is against development on the lakefront and that he considers it the city’s duty to protect the interests of neighborhoods that would be in the vicinity of the proposed multimillion-dollar entertainment complex.
The issue will be decided in February.
Posted By: Tired of Lake Politics On: 1/30/2013
It's absolutely pathetic that the City of Lake Charles is this close to finally getting a worthwhile venture in the Lake Area, something that will be geared toward real family fun and generate constant revenue. It's typical of those involved that they place no forethought to their catering the annual "drunk fests" (i.e. Mardi Gras and Contraband), each of which generate a lot of noise and a lot of trouble. Likewise and as someone else wrote in a reponse just recently, there is nothing done; ABSOLUTELY nothing done, in regards to the loud music played by youth in the area who often sit at the Civic Center for hours on end; or tour the city streets with their loud and profane music blaring in the air. Let alone the manner in which a lot of these young people drag race up and down Ryn Street as well as around the Civic Center. Don't believe this is true? Just spend a little time around these areas on Thursday through Sunday.
Furthermore, the decibal levels are; if I recall, established based on "continuous" noise levels for extended periods of time, and not as presented for short periods based on entertainment. It would seem to a lot of folks that this is just another tactic by the city to subvert somethng the overall public wants to see in order to satisfy the "select" minority. Maybe the city will pursue their proposed venture with the port for the property? how exciting that would be.
By the way, have any noise studies been completed in the past regarding the following: (1) Loud music played at the I-10 beach by residents who normally migrate to that area on the weekends and in the afternoons; (2) Noise from traffic on I-10; (3) Noise from the trains (track noise and horns) traveling east to west on the tracks north of I-10; and (4) Noise from boats (engine and radio) traveling in the Calcasieu River?
In conclusion, where is the realism in all of this? Where is the common sense? Where are the people who are tired of Washington politics in our home town? Where?????????????????????????