Harbourside tenants speak up about sale struggle

Posted at 11:16 PM, Jan 26, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-27 11:35:04-05

Pressing the pause button on live music at Harbourside Place is bringing another issue into play. Store owners who have been riding out the noise controversy are raising the volume on their concerns about sales. 

Burger Fi is serving the same great food, but with a new side of quiet. 

"I like to work and I'm always on the go so not having customers come in here it's a little boring. It's a little disappointing," said Lakecia Fullwood, a manager at Burger Fi at Harbourside Place.

The fast food burger joint usually includes dinner and a show. 

"We probably have 6 or 7 customers a day asking what happened to the live music," added Fullwood.

Now that live music is temporarily on hold, Fullwood says they're pulling out coupons and deals to bring in customers. 

The noise level saga has been on replay for quite some time. Even store owners who don't really benefit from the amphitheater are seeing the effects. 

"We're caught in the middle obviously because of bad publicity," said Ross Parker, owner of Native Visions Galleries. 

Parker's business has seen a 40 percent drop in sales compared to last January. He and other store owners believe the emphasis on the noise has brought down foot traffic. 

"I don't know if there's some type of boycott going on," added Parker. 

This Friday the Town Council said it will not have a closed door meeting with Harbourside Place management. It said there is a closed, attorney-client session between the Town Council and Town attorneys, and does not involve representatives from Harbourside.   

Story updated to clarify that Jupiter and Harbourside are not holding a closed-door meeting.