James Island neighbors worried about Brick House noise

Published: Jan. 21, 2015 at 11:35 PM EST|Updated: Jan. 21, 2015 at 11:58 PM EST
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JAMES ISLAND, SC (WCSC) - Some James Island neighbors are worried about a huge oyster roast planned for Saturday. It's the first big event of the year at The Brick House, which is popular venue for outdoor parties along Folly Road.

Last year, Charleston County Deputies were called out over a dozen times to the venue for loud music complaints.

The Brick House Bar and Restaurant has been located there for five years. Neighborhoods back up to the wooded property and are across the road.

Many neighbors told Live 5 that in the past, loud music coming from the outdoor venue, late into the night, has been a problem.

The owner, Christopher Thomas, said that when they first opened their doors, they applied for a permit to be a live music venue with the Town of James Island. Since then, the municipal lines have changed and they're now under Charleston County's jurisdiction.

In 2014 alone, Charleston County Sheriff's Deputies responded to the Brick House at least 16 times for noise disturbances.

Thomas told me even though deputies have been called out, the Brick House has never been given a noise violation, which, according to Charleston County, could result in up to $500 in fines.

Thomas said they've now got a sound system machine that reads the music decibel level to make sure not too loud to irritate their neighbors.

He said they're committed to working with their neighbors and Charleston county. He's hopeful they'll obtain the special music venue permit because he says they've invested money into the infrastructure to make it a great place for live outdoor music shows.

Until then, shows at the Brick House will be shutting down the music at 11 pm.

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