Concerts at Harbourside Place have drawn complaints from residents and praise from merchants and music fans
The town’s outdoor sound limitations at Harbourside Place are so restrictive that people in the back of the amphitheater area can barely hear the music from the stage, according to a sound expert at Thursday’s federal court hearing.
“The limitations could crowd out the music due to the people and the conversation,” said David Parztch, a witness called by Harbourside Place during the second day of testimony in the lawsuit filed by the developers of the $150 million waterfront development against Jupiter.
The 34-page lawsuit charges that Jupiter’s sound limitations passed last summer are unconstitutional. The changes reduce the volume of the outdoor music and alter the method that the music volume level is measured.
Jupiter contends that Harbourside Place is required to have an outdoor venue designation to hold music events at the amphitheater. Without the designation, Harbourside is required to have a permit for each performance.
The town has attempted to work with Harbourside Place since developer Nick Mastrpianni opened the center in Dec., 2014, according to Jupiter Planning and Zoning Director John Sickler.
During 2015, Harbourside Place was allowed about 45 outdoor events. There were about 150 held that year, Sickler said.
“The town allowed them wide latitude,” said George Roberts, an attorney representing Jupiter in the hearing before U.S. District Court Judge Kenneth Marra.
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