I would like to ask attention for the nuisance due to loud music played at night from some bars. People in Windwardside as well as The Bottom are suffering from violations of the local ordinance.
What is the case?
In 2012, in Windwardside, there were complaints – not by me – about the bar/restaurant which is now called “Seawitch”. The police did nothing.
In 2012 I started with my first complaints to the police about the loud music from Red Rock. Nothing happened.
In 2013 there were also two nights that the noise was no longer acceptable.
After my first complaint the police passed by and the volume of the music seemed to be lowered although not substantial. If I remember well, the loud music came from a car with huge carnival speakers parked in front of Red Rock.
The second time in 2013, when it was too bad again, I called the police. They simply drove by in the car and did not do anything. I called again and then the comment of the police was that Red Rock had a license for that night.
Looking at the old but still valid local ordinance I found that even a permit is not allowing any bar to play music that loud that it is a nuisance for neighbours. It appeared that they had put the soundboxes of the restaurant even outdoors! So I called the police for a third time, told the officer on the phone that although a police car had passed by, nothing had been done by the police. And I told that lady at the police office that I very well knew, how to complain about the functioning of the police as such. Then within 15 minutes the noise stopped!!!
In 2014, I had the idea that the problem with Red Rock was solved. Until it started again. The whole neighborhood wrote and signed a petition. And be aware of this: not only residents living near the Red Rock had a private problem with the noise but also tourists renting apartments and cottages there! This is damaging the reputation of the “Unspoiled Queen” !!!
The petition has been offered to the lt. Governor but in fact with no result.
This year, on the 21st of February, there was a problem again. I sent around an email to the neighbors at 9:02 PM and believe it or not: 10 minutes later the noise of the music stopped. (I did not know by the way that it was a meeting of the political party SLP.)
But one week later things happened all over again. Apart from the vulgar noise of the people, especially the music was far too loud. It was then, that I complained again together with some neighbors. However, the loud music continued and continued. Again: I did not know, that, this time, it was WIPM that had a venue there.
Similar problems occur in The Bottom where, in the weekend, Topogigio, is keeping the village from well deserved sleep until 2 am.
Conclusion: something that is very unfair is going on, on Saba. In the past the Club Guido’s has been forced to invest in insolating their building in such a way that loud music would not be a nuisance for the neighbourhood. And this works perfectly. Not obliging competitors of Guido’s to invest in the same way and even allowing competitors/colleagues to play loud music without insolation and even with open doors and windows is in fact not only unfair but even in contradiction with the law.
There is an old but still valid local ordinance. From my personal experience, I observe that the Lieutenant Governor, being the head of the police, does not seem to be interested to apply the local laws. However, what is even more annoying for the future, is that our two political parties do not seem to consider this an issue.
I will support everyone who wants to complain about neglected complaints and petitions by our government now, when they decide to go to the Ombudsman.
René Caderius van Veen