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New Noise Ordinance in Delray Beach Fines People $1,000 a Day; Sucks for Live Music and Raging House Parties. Petition Started to Change It.

Rules and regulations, ugh.

Sure, they're necessary for some things. But to restrict live music is, for a lack of better words, fucked up. And that's exactly what a new Delray Beach ordinance might do for local business owners, house-party hosts, and folks who listen to music on "11" in their vehicles alike.

County Grind's foodie sister blog, Clean Plate Charlie, reports that Delray Beach's new noise ordinance, sections 99.02, 99.03, and 99.08 of the city code, is threatening live music at some of the city's most popular restaurants and bars, including Deck 84.

"Deck 84's position is that the daytime should be governed by the previous ordinance, which seemed to be very reasonable and fair," Burt Rapoport tells Clean Plate. Rapoport is Deck 84's managing partner and president of Rapoport's Restaurant Group.

"The previous ordinance was that 100 feet from your property line, the noise could not exceed 70 decibels."

Under the new law, live and prerecorded music cannot be heard more than 50 feet from an establishment, or 100 feet from a vehicle.

First time offenders can be fined $1,000, while repeat offenders can be rack up fines up to $15,000 a day if they're not careful and forget to measure sound with 50 rulers--or 15 yardsticks and five rulers, whatever.

As the Clean Plate Charlie post explains, Rapoport has started a petition to get the law scaled back

We've left messages with several other bars and restaurants in the area, as well City Hall, to hear what they think about the new rule. We'll update this blog post as soon as we hear back from them.

In the meantime, tell us what you think in the comment section below.

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Victor Gonzalez