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BARKER'S ISLAND - It was a quiet day at the marina on Barker's Island
Thursday, but when sails set up, the tent next door will, too.
Then, noise will be the first thing on people's minds.
"We are very concerned about its impact on the marina," Barker's Island Marina Manager Joe Radtke said.
Late in the summer of 2010, Barker's Island Inn started hosting outdoor events."Our demand for weddings out grew what we could accommodate inside," Barker's Island General Manger Charlie Johnson said.
But what was a party for some turned into a nuisance for others, particularly those spending the night on their boats next door.
Last year, about three events were held outside and the marina
claims they lost 6 clients because of it; and with more planned for this
summer, they fear more clients will sail away.
"We're talking about almost a three–fold increase in terms of number of events that we may be experiencing," Radtke said.
Management at the inn said they are not ignoring the issue."We've tried, we're working very hard," Johnson said.
With each business facing income on the line, management continues to hash out details that both can agree upon.
"We feel there are some ways of not only measuring the noise but mitigating the noise as well," Radtke said.
"We've already adjusted the possible ending time of events, put
in some noise level restrictions we're doing everything we can to make
it work for both parties which we believe we can," Johnson said.
The marina would like to see music stop at 10 p.m. and not
midnight like the permit would allow, but the inn said that would
devastate their business and offered an 11 p.m. cut off as a compromise.
"We're willing to do whatever we can to make everybody happy," Johnson said.
Management at Barker's Island Inn said they were not previously
aware of the permit needed for the outdoor events, but are going through
the application process now.
On Thursday, the License and Fees committee approved the permit application and recommended it to the City Council.
In the application, the management at the inn detailed a list of
changes they would be willing to make, including: stopping music at 11
p.m., positioning the D.J. away from the marina, putting up vinyl walls,
and adding signs and security to keep people off the docks.
Management at the marina previously said they would like to see music end by 10 p.m.
The Superior City Council is set to vote on the permit May 1.