Please join us or email the addresses below to let the Town Council know that you enjoy the music on Fort Myers Beach. Their job is to please the majority so please politely make your voices heard. Please share the event and invite your friends.
Dates: April 6 at 2:00 pm
April 20 at 10 am & 6:30 pm
May 4 at 10 am & 2 pm
May 18 at 6:30 pm (tentative date for hearing Sound Ordinance)
April 20th Meeting moved to:
FORT MYERS BEACH LIBRARY - 2755 Estero Blvd (3rd Floor)
Fort Myers Beach Town Meeting
Town Hall -Council Chambers
2523 Estero Blvd.
Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931
Please email all of the following town staff and council members if you are unable to attend. Be kind, they are doing their job and need your opinion to do what the majority wants.
Dan@fortmyersbeachfl.gov, Anita@fortmyersbeachfl.gov, Alan@FortMyersBeachFL.gov, Summer@fortmyersbeachfl.gov, Rexann@fortmyersbeachfl.gov, Don@fortmyersbeachfl.gov
Please continue emailing and speaking out so they will fix this.
There is a huge issue with the sound ordnance and the Town Council has tabled the issue for a "future meeting". While it is tabled, changes have occurred that are restricting the music. The issue is still not officially on the agenda yet, but the changes stand until they decide what to do.
Every business on the beach has had to lower the volume of their music because they are being monitored and legitimately fear having their outdoor music taken away if anyone complains because of what happened to Nervous Nellie's.
Nervous Nellie's has had outdoor music since I moved down 9 years ago. Due to a complaint, they have had to stop having amplified music outside. I have been told there is a restriction from 2002 that suddenly is being enforced when it never has been in the past. It is destroying their business and the income of the bands who play there.
Please do the research and email them until they either settle the issue or allow all of the businesses to go back to what they do best, provide an entertaining evening on the water, while they decide what to do.
This is the information I have found online.
Fort Myers Beach Talk article regarding beginning of changes
Initial Analysis of Changes to Sound Ordinance
Beach Observer Article regarding postponing the discussion
Town Council Calendar/Agendas that do not include the sound ordinance.
Sand Paper article written by Jo List is only available if you subscribe so I have posted it here:
The Sounds of Silence
Remember how quiet the world was back in the 1950’s? There were not so many airplanes streaking overhead, not so many cars on the roads, not so many people crowding the streets and stores. I think of it as the calm before the storm…
In the 1960’s, the ubiquitous television invaded our homes, and suddenly there was an underlying din serving as an almost constant bed of background noise. Then we had to have telephones in every room of our homes, and you could hear them ring above everything but the new power lawn mowers that everyone now had and ran with abandon all summer long.
Snowblowers, dishwashers, blowdryers, blenders, washing machines, hi-fi’s, and cars cars cars…these all serve to obliterate any possibility of silence. In this world, on any given day, we are subjected to a constant barrage of sounds. How many conversations have you had to curtail because of an earth-shattering, window-rattling stereo blaring and kabooming out of a passing car? How many times was your good night’s sleep chopped off at the end by the sound of a banging garbage truck, or construction noise, or a motorcycle starting up, or simply an innocuous conversation between your neighbors taking place near your window, not even on your property?
This world is a noisy world. Our island is a part of that world. There are more people here; the baseline noise level is that much higher. Everyone seems to be at a fever pitch in their work, on their vacations. It isn’t the bucolic little fishing community it once was, where a soul could find quiet refuge from the banging and clanging of mainland life. No, it’s not the place it used to be - not anywhere in the world.
But we have this great environment that draws so many. We are a vacation destination for people all over our besieged little planet, and people come here to have fun, and to get some relief from the deep freeze of winter. To that end, everyone wants to be outside, including those of us who live here. And some of us, many of us, enjoy the variety of entertainment the island musicians have to offer.
I do not like extremely loud anything myself. I have spent most of my life singing in front of very loud rock and R & B bands full of talented musicians who are lifelong friends. But along with amazing moments on stage, I’ve also got tinnitus and hearing loss for lasting souvenirs. My choices; no regrets. But that is not to say I don’t enjoy a raucous band now and then, and I am glad there are so many establishments in town who can fulfill the need of those musicians and music lovers who love a loud night now and then, by having the music inside. There is no band I have sung with or listened to within the past few years that even comes close to an offensive level when playing outside, where you could hear it above all ambient sound. The most offensive amplified sounds I have ever heard in this town, in no particular order, are the band that the county hired for some shindig in Crescent Beach Park a few years ago, the mind-numbing stereos booming from cars passing by, and the proselytizing self-proclaimed prophet who harangues people in Time Square with his megaphonic diatribe. If all of this is allowable or tolerable to most people, surely some music that can be heard above the general racket cannot be that offensive.
I contend that those who would shut down outdoor music basically hate hearing certain music at any db level, mainly because they personally don’t like that kind of music or that musician or that business establishment. If this bid to unplug everyone who plays music outdoors is successful, the island won’t be any more peaceful, but there will be plenty of dads, moms, grandmas, grandpas, sons, daughters, sisters and brothers whose already decimated income will drop even further, and there will be plenty of music lovers who will be very unhappy.
Because there is not an equally rabid push to ban motorcycles, trucks, home appliances, power tools, cars, gatherings, public events, traffic, airplanes (you get the idea), most of us musicians and music lovers feel targeted, singled out. It feels like our livelihoods and our lifelong dedication to and love of music is looked on with disdain. Why don’t you go after lawn care companies, jet ski operators and homebuilders with equal zeal? Why don’t you make it illegal to talk above a whisper between the hours of 8 AM and 8 PM? To be fair, you’ll have to give citations to every offender - anyone outdoors exceeding the db limit chosen would have to be cited, which would absolutely make outdoor gatherings of just about any type impossible.
When I go out to hear live music, I want to sit outside. Live performers are supposed to be heard above the din. They are supposed to entertain, keep the audience engaged. I want to be able to hear the music above the conversation going on three tables over. I want to hear it above the traffic racket. What’s the point of offering great entertainment when no one will be able to actually hear it?