Don't Pump Up the Volume in Orange Beach

Don't Pump Up the Volume in Orange Beach

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ORANGE BEACH, Alabama -

It's all about the decibels and how loud and how long can area businesses be open and entertaining customers and not disturb the neighbors.

"Good food, good music, that's what brings people down here," and in Orange Beach there are lots of places to choose from Tacky Jack's, Happy Harbor, Cobalt and Flipper's restaurant to name of few. All of them on the water and all providing live music most any night of the week.

"We're having quite a few conflicts between the quiet and sanctity of a neighborhood and someone having a live band right next door," says mayor Tony Kennon.

Flipper's owner Eddie Woerner is well aware of the conflict. "When we first started doing music outside two and a half years ago we found out real quick the law that we thought applied to us was ten o'clock weekdays and 11 o'clock weekends. Come to find out there was other laws that superceded that."

Police were called a couple of times last year. "They tell us we're not the only one. They try to make us feel good and still hand us a ticket," he says.

Most folks agree there should be some restrictions but not too much. Harry and Debbie Sudduth live just down the street from Flipper's. "People come down here on vacation. They don't want to go home at ten o'clock and go to bed. They come down here listen to music and have fun," says Harry.

"10 o'clock is way too early," adds Debbie. "They should at least have it till midnight. During the week ten o'clock is fine."

It's the folks who live in Orange Beach full time that the mayor is concerned about. "We're trying to look at how they affect each other and how to eliminate those conflicts."

Now that it's the off-season the city sees this as the best opportunity to make these decisions and have them in place before next season.

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