The Village Board heard an earful Monday night from the public about what many called an unreasonable noise ordinance.
"We've got a short season as it is, and all we're trying to do is attract business and make it a vibrant community," said Patrick Brady, an owner of the Boat House Restaurant, 57 Harbor St. He said residents who live near the establishment shouldn't be shocked about the music emanating from it since the restaurant and bar have been in operation for seven years.
Daniel J. Hanley, who owns the company that runs the Boat House, said it has 85 employees.
The meeting in Village Hall was crammed with residents, many of whom wore orange crepe paper armbands to show their support for the Boat House owners.
Matthew C. Randazzo of East Lake Road said the proposed ordinance was anti-business. Not letting this business or any other play music past 10 p.m. could hurt their bottom line, he said.
Mayor Thomas J. Bateman defended the proposed ordinance, saying, "It doesn't stop the music. They have to turn the amplifiers off."
Bateman had Village Clerk Emma Lou Reppentine read from the proposed local law, which states any property owners can apply for an exemption to the rule that says no "unreasonable noise" shall be permitted between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m.
Such permits, for a charge of $25, would allow the holder only to continue such events until 11 p.m., and only three times per year.
Violators would be subject to a fine of $100 to $250 for the first offense and $250 to $500 for the second offense. Any offense after that would cost $1,000.
Only a few people in the crowd defended the proposal. Samuel M. Salvo of Sunset Drive said there were 38 names on a petition asking the Village Board to control the noise coming from the Boat House.
"Nobody's sleeping in the area. People can't put their kids to bed," said Salvo. "When I'm in my house and I'm just feeling the base of the drum, that's ridiculous."
Bateman said the Village Board would probably vote on the proposed ordinance at its next meeting at 7:30 p.m. May 19 in Village Hall, 375 Lake St.