Guanabana's boom boom pow upsetting neighbors

By Tara Cardoso - bio | email
Posted by Rachel Leigh - email

JUPITER, FL (WFLX) - A bustling new entertainment district at odds with neighbors over noise.

The restaurant and bar says our area doesn't have enough waterfront dining with live music. Neighbors say it's too late and too loud. Therefore, they did a little noise test Monday night.

"You can go see a live band anywhere inside, but where can you go outside?" said owner John Zimmerman.

But for many of the people living down the way across the water -- residents who have been here since the 70s -- don't think it's too spectacular.

Neighbors and the restaurant are trying to work it out. That's why the Town of Jupiter was out measuring noise decibels from different locations around the restaurant and bar.

So, how loud is too loud? "You have to be able to hear your friends talk," said Zimmerman. "We don't want the music so loud that you can't hear your friends talk."

The restaurant can already get a special permit to play live music as loud as they want until 10 p.m., but they want to play without permits and until midnight on weekends.

Guanabana's offering a compromise: lower the noise level to play later. "Right now, business in the Jupiter Inlet Village is booming in a down economy. We should be proud of that."

"I understand this is a business, and they want to make money," said resident Ray Holmes. "But it shouldn't be at the expense of other people."

The noise decibel test results will now go to the Jupiter Town council. The members will consider re-writing the current ordinance to make different restrictions for music.

The town spokesperson says the members are hoping to be able to make both sides happy in an effort to grow the Jupiter's Inlet Village area.