East Greenwich residents respond to proposed waterfront noise ordinance

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EAST GREENWICH, R.I. (WPRI) — More than 100 people attended the East Greenwich Town Hall meeting Monday night to learn more about a proposed noise ordinance for the town’s waterfront.

According to Council President Mark Schwager, the newly elected Town Council began receiving complaints about noise and crowds at waterfront establishments as soon as it took office.

Some residents testified Monday night, saying they want the “unbearable noise” and “rowdy crowds” addressed as soon as possible.

Schwager said Town Solicitor Andrew Teitz began looking into the issue at the request of the Council. He was asked to create a subcommittee to determine the best interests of East Greenwich residents and businesses.

Teitz also drafted a noise ordinance, which would limit noise for waterfront businesses to a sound decibel limit of 60, hoping it would address the complaints.

The proposed ordinance was frustrating to the owners of the waterfront businesses, who accused the Town Council of causing “unjust harm” to their profits.

“We believe in peaceful coexistence,” Jared Chelo from BLU on the Water said. “We want to make people happy the best we can. getting together, maybe there is something to work out. I think we can achieve more working together.”

Chelo said his establishment is open to having a discussion with residents and the Town Council in order to move forward. He said BLU on the Water usually has live music seven days a week in the summer, which is extremely important to his business.

Schwager said it has never been the Town Council’s intent to discontinue outdoor entertainment along the water. Town Council members said noise has been a problem for years and they are hoping to find a solution.

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