Mount Pleasant to discuss changes to noise ordinance

Published: Nov. 9, 2021 at 5:36 AM EST|Updated: Nov. 9, 2021 at 12:50 PM EST
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MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (WCSC) - Mount Pleasant leaders are set to discuss major changes to their noise ordinance on Tuesday.

The proposed amendments to the noise ordinance would limit noise to a specific decibel level depending on the location and time of day.

After meeting with managers and owners of the restaurants and bars on Shem Creek, council member Gary Santos says they feel confident in their new noise ordinance.

“We’re doing this because we want to find some balance,” Santos said. “We want to have some music on the creek. We want the owners and the citizens who live around there to enjoy their areas around there, so we’re trying to find that balance.”

Santos says Saltwater Cowboys, a restaurant and bar on Shem Creek, typically plays music at a decibel level of 80. The ordinance limits most restaurants on Shem Creek to a decibel level of 75 on weekday nights and 80 on weekends until 11 p.m..

“We may have to tweak it a little, but right now I think this is a good start.”

Santos says the biggest change with this ordinance is having a set noise level where music becomes too loud, since right now noise violations in Mount Pleasant are at the discretion of a police officer. Santos says the proposed noise ordinance would allow restaurants to manage and monitor noise levels themselves.

The ordinance is not targeted solely at Shem Creek. The decibel level limits would exist town-wide, including with trucks and other bars.

Mount Peasant council members are set to vote on the noise ordinance at Tuesday’s town council meeting.

If the ordinance is approved, it will go into effect immediately.

Mount Pleasant Town Council will swear in four newly-elected council members, who will be included in the vote on the sound ordinance.

That meeting will begin at 6 p.m.

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