The Naples shopping, dining and residential development at the corner of Goodlett-Frank Road and US 41 on the Gordon River no longer allowed outdoor concerts and events as the Naples City Council voted to revoke the development’s live entertainment permit.
Bayfront has a history of receiving complaints from residents about noise levels during incidents at specific dining establishments. However, the revoked permit was for the outdoor resort area which is the central common area of the Bayfront.
“The impact of what goes into the promenade for good or bad, depending on your point of view, is something that may not be felt equally by every resident, but certainly by every resident as well as every visitor to Bayfront. to some extent,” said city council member Ray Christman.
A live entertainment permit for the promenade was first granted to Bayfront in 2005 and had several conditions. These conditions include allowing a maximum of five performers at a time between the afternoon hours and Thursday and Sunday at 9 p.m. for no more than two days a week and allowing no more than three hours per day. Police and emergency services are required to notice at least seven days before each special event, and the ordinance states that each incident in the promenade is considered a special event.
The revocation of the permit was up for consideration due to two violations in the past year, a verified violation in December and one in May.
The December event was a real estate launch party, hosted by the company’s president, McQuaid & Co. The company’s president, Tiffany McQuaid, said she did not anticipate the incident being a violation because they had conducted similar events in the past without the need for a special event permit.
“We’ve worked closely with the fire and police all those years that we were [events] And they always told us that as long as we weren’t tenting and that the sound wasn’t too loud or anything like that, that we didn’t need to get a permit,” McQuaid said.
The second incident which was in violation was due to exceeding the allowable sound limit from the saxophone player.
Although there were only two verified complaints in the past year, the Naples Police Department has received four sound complaints from residents in the past year, most recently in late July when the music from Shane’s Cabana Bar was so loud that the response officer could’ Television was not heard inside the apartment of the complainant. In a separate example, Bayfront’s St Patrick’s Day event was later brought to the Code Enforcement Board because the city council did not approve the event and it was held with modifications anyway.
“I personally don’t believe these indiscretions are intentional, I think it’s probably just not paying attention to the details of what’s going on versus ‘I know what the code is and I’m going to violate it,'” Naples Code Enforcement Manager Carla Gibbs said.
Bayfront Condominium Association board member Siobhan McCarthy and events director Kimberly Golonka were speaking on behalf of the development at last week’s council meeting.
McCarthy explained to the council that the board sends out surveys to members of the community about their desire for events. In the last survey conducted by half the members, 40% of residents were in favor of continuous events and 10% did not want events.
“Our community and the people we surveyed want them to organize these kinds of events and we want them to be able to deliver them and we don’t want to violate any codes or rules that That has been put in place,” McCarthy said.
Bayfront property owner Kevin Stoneburner is eventually held by the city to be responsible for managing tenants and insuring compliance with ordinances. However, Stoneburner was not present at the council meeting due to scheduling conflicts.
Stoneburner said, “For me to be there to defend myself, I guess I could have made a special effort, but I didn’t see it as something that turned out to be.”
Stoneburner’s absence at the meeting did not sit well with some councilors as some expressed sentiment that Bayfront did not want to take ownership of its breaches.
“I think we have this chronic problem and nobody wants to take responsibility for compliance on the part of the owner,” said council member Paul Perry. “So, I guess we’re stuck, we just have to revoke the permit because I don’t think there is any other solution.”
The council voted unanimously to revoke the permit. Going forward, it is now a question of whether McQuaid & Co. will continue its larger events such as the Collier of Taste that has been held in Bayfront for many years with a sizable music scene.
“Music is a huge part of our local culture and when we do those shows, we do our best to be able to see local artists showcasing that part of the talent, as well as the food, that is a part of the South. Part of West Florida.” McQuaid said. “It’s unfortunate, it’s our dream to continue to have them on the site where it’s been their home.”
Local business owners like Chris Jones of Industry Beer & Barbecue in Bayfront worry that this permit revocation will negatively affect their customer traffic. “We are always concerned about what happens at Bayfront. This kind of ups and downs and the flow of activities that happen down here benefits our business as a whole,” Jones said. We’re obviously pro music, we’re pro entertainment, we’re pro for all the stuff that can go down there that has gone down there in the past.”
Council member Terry Hutchinson sees the decision as a message to the entire Naples business community. “I believe this kind of trend is not expected to happen not only on Bayfront but throughout our community, in order not to make our community where we continue this fight where people are exposed to unreasonable noise levels. is subjected to.”