While the official date of the next Central Committee meeting has not yet been made public, a group of residents submitted a petition to the Island Council registrar, titled, “Make Saba Quiet Enough to be Enjoyed by Everyone.” Mark Johnson submitted the petition together with a letter stating the purpose of “seeking an amicable solution to reducing the noise levels currently experienced by residents of Saba from music emanating from cars, personal residences, commercial establishments and shooting off of fireworks.” The residents who signed the petition seek “a succinct procedure by which individuals can alert an indentified designated agency of any activity outside the parameters of the ordinance.”
The stated goal of the petition is “to provide a harmonious environment for the residents and business owners on Saba and an inviting and appealing locale for visiting and hopefully returning tourists.”
The letter seeks formal responses on setting up tolerable decibel levels as well as clearly-defined responsibilities on how to enforce the law and resolve situations. For this the signatories ask that the community’s law enforcement contact process be outlined, that the enforcing entity be defined and a resolution protocol be identified.
The petition also asks that commercial establishments make a “concerted effort to find the most reasonable method in which to provide music and entertainment and maintain as much of a sound barrier as possible between the venue and the community at large.”
Seeking clarity, the petitioners request “that specific consequences be defined and put in writing, stipulating action to be taken for overt disregard of the parameters of the ordinance.”
Source: “The Daily Herald” 2012-03-06