Editorial: Turn down the noise!POSTED: 04/16/12 12:56 PM
Westin’s loss in court for being a noisy neighbor should lead to a resurgence of a control on noise pollution that was started by the Department of Economic Affairs of the Island Territory of St. Maarten. The friendly country’s predecessor had the right idea and the government of the day went after places of business – like night clubs – that were blaring their music much too loud. That control is now well place in the Friendly Country.
We can think of quite a few instances where measuring too high decibels could net the government some quick cash. Let’s start with the police controls. Almost daily the windows of our office are shaken by drivers who have their music turned up so loud that it could be heard in China. Ok that might be an exaggeration, but we can hear every note and lyric clear as day. That is noise pollution and it needs to stop.
Let’s take a look at the so called “Spanish Bars” while we’re at it. One drive down A. Th. Illidge Road and you’re bound to be overwhelmed by the overly loud Bacahata, Merengue or Salsa. While we have nothing against smooth rhythms to help us enjoy life, whole neighborhoods don’t need to share the joy- especially on what should be a quiet Sunday afternoon.
We understand that next to being friendly, this is also party country, but let’s have some moderation on how loudly we party.