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Harbourside canceling live music after Jupiter fines them $57K

Posted at 9:45 PM, Sep 14, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-14 23:24:17-04

Harbourside in Jupiter has canceled its concerts after the Town of Jupiter fined them tens of thousands of dollars in what Harbourside said was part of their ongoing noise level dispute.

“It’s terrible. Do not cancel the music. The music here is awesome. That’s what people come down here for,” said Pauline O’Berry, who lives in Jupiter.

The music at Harbourside has been a point of contention since it opened in late 2014. Nearby homeowners have complained and, recently, the town has fined them, totaling more than $57,000. 

“I think a possible solution is everyone getting together and acting like adults and coming up with a positive solution. I understand one thing if the music is going to 1 AM, which it’s not,” said Phil Duomar, who also lives in Jupiter. 

The town contends that Harbourside hasn’t been properly permitted to host special events and hasn’t complied with its development order. Harbourside argues since they’ve been approved as an outdoor venue, they don’t need permits for most of their events. They’ve been operating that way since they opened. The fines only recently started. 

Local musician, Nikki Lickstein, who’s performed there before, was scheduled to play Saturday. 

“I just hope that it gets resolved soon because I’d love to be back there and I want other young talent to have the same opportunity I did,” she said in an interview. 

In a statement Jupiter said they respect the decision Harbourside made and that they’ll work with them. 

Harbourside said they hope to meet with the town sometime next week.