GREENSBORO, N.C. — City Council voted 7-2 Tuesday evening to strengthen its noise ordinance by banning outdoor music at bars after 11 p.m.
The previous ordinance limited night-time music to a certain decibel level. The new ordinance outlaws any “sound amplification … outside any building or structure,” from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m., with a few exceptions.
Syn and Sky co-owner Mike Carter said the noise ordinance may put him out of business.
“There are three bars up here where people will just be coming up and standing in silence just doesn’t make any sense,” Carter said. “It’s not just about club noise there are people jobs at risk here with families.”
Carter said 50 percent of his yearly profit comes directly from the roof top lounge area during the four warm months of the year.
Owners at Greene Street Club would not comment due to a current lawsuit with the city.
Sky and Syn is also is the middle of a lawsuit based on noise set to begin in June 2014.
The noise ordinance was based on a 70 decibel restriction prior to Tuesday night, but Mayor Robbie Perkins said the time constraint is easier to enforce rather than measuring a meter.
“We think that the more prosperous our downtown, the more prosperous our downtown businesses will be and that includes clubs that are affected by this change,” Perkins said.
Televisions and soft music will be allowed on restaurant patios, and the prohibition won’t be in effect on major holidays or holiday weekends.