Bars and restaurants may have to lower the volume in Stuart if new noise rules are passed

STUART, Fla. - On Friday nights, people like to unwind, grab a drink and listen to a live band outside in Stuart.

"Everybody loves live music and it's our right to hear live music," says Michael Lamattina, General Manager at Sailor's Return.

But live music could be turned off if a new ordinance in Stuart passes. City Commissioners initially approved new rules that would limit noise to 65 decibels all hours of the day.

Right now the noise ordinance isn't enforced until after 10 p.m.. on Fridays and Saturdays and after 9 p.m. the rest of the week.

"We want to have a lively downtown but we also want to ensure our residents, that we have that balance with our residents for the quiet enjoyment of their homes," says Mayor Troy McDonald.

Mayor McDonald says the city isn't trying to hurt business or pull the plug on live music.

"This is not going to be the day the music died," says McDonald.

The mayor says the first vote was a spur of the moment decision. It came after a noise complaint.

Now people on the other side are making a lot of noise. There's a Facebook page against the new noise ordinance. It has more than 2,200 likes.

Mayor McDonald says he has received about 200 emails form people on both sides of the issue.

Sailor's Return is bringing the noise.

"We've been posting flyers around the restaurant trying to get the locals aware about the situation," says Lamattina.

A big crowd is expected at Monday night's vote. It's scheduled at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall.

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