Sound ordinance could become law in Newstead

NEWSTEAD, N.Y. (WIVB) – A Newstead bar is under fire from some residents who claim its outdoor concerts are too loud. Now the town is considering enacting a sound ordinance that would put the bar’s business in jeopardy.

Braun’s Concert Cove has brought in some big names like Florida Georgia Line, Brett Michaels, and Rodney Atkins.

“We didn’t even know. We didn’t do this to try to blow ears off,” said owner Ray Braun.

The concerts draw in thousands but residents who live behind Braun’s at the Quarry Hill Estates, a senior citizen mobile home park, say they are just too loud.

“Dishes rattle. I have to have the house closed with the air conditioning on with ear plugs in my ears,” said resident Linda Jackson.

Since bringing in concerts two years ago, Braun says he’s tried to work with the town to keep nearby residents happy. That’s meant shutting down the concerts at 11 p.m., moving the stage to try to keep down the noise, and when that wasn’t enough he built a half a million dollar dome last summer.

“Anything that was asked of me is done from permits, to building the place, to doing it the way they want it,” said Braun.

Jackson countered, “It has made it worse. They thought it was going to make it better, it’s made it worse. It’s like a big megaphone.”

The town board heard from both sides but its clear it will be difficult to figure out how everyone can be satisfied.

“Over the last couple years he has done a lot of things we’ve asked him to. In fact, in some instances has gone beyond what we’ve asked him to do. The issue still remains that several of the items he did do, like in putting up the structure and putting over the dome, we thought would lessen the noise. It has helped in certain areas but created other issues,” said Town Supervisor David Cummings.

He says the proposed sound ordinance is modeled after other nearby towns. The board will now meet to discuss everything said at the public hearing and decide whether or not to make any changes to the law they’ve drafted.

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