Naples City Council to review live entertainment ordinance, discuss noise pollution

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 A light doesn't turn on at dusk with others on 5th Ave. North in the River Park neighborhood on Sunday Sept. 30, 2012.

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William DeShazer/Staff A light doesn't turn on at dusk with others on 5th Ave. North in the River Park neighborhood on Sunday Sept. 30, 2012.

— With more city establishments offering live music and noise pollution an increasing concern, the Naples City Council is expected to examine its live entertainment ordinance today.

Council is also expected to consider the renewal of five outdoor live entertainment permits.

City officials said some restaurants have started to angle their speakers toward the sidewalk to draw customers.

"Generally we don't come down on that unless there's a violation of noise ordinance," Planning Director Robin Singer said. "But with a lot of that going on, it becomes a question of noise pollution."

The five establishments expected to receive renewal of their permits Wednesday are Café and Bar Lurcat on Fifth Avenue South, Harold's Place on U.S. 41, Lazy Parrot in Tin City, Tin City as a whole on Fifth Avenue South, and the Naples Harbor Yacht Club on North Road near the Naples Municipal Airport.

City police did not have any verified complaints for the five establishments.

River Park lights contract

Council is expected to consider a $78,950 contract to buy parts for the repair of decorative street lights lining the River Park neighborhood and an adjacent business district.

Some of the lights have needed attention since as early as January of this year, raising concerns for community leaders. The aging fixtures require specialized parts from a vendor which are expected to ship and be installed by the end of the year.

Reynolds to be honored

City officials are expected to read a proclamation for longtime Naples resident Doris Reynolds at the beginning of today's meeting to designate a day in her honor.

Reynolds is the city's official historian and has worked in public relations and owned businesses. She has also written a food column for the Daily News for more than 25 years.

Plans for boat dock set for review

Council is set to review plans for a private boat basin and floating dock at the estate of investment company magnate Jack Donahue at the foot of Gordon Drive.

Earlier plans had drawn a legal challenge from neighbors and the Port Royal Property Owners Association on the grounds that it was too big, didn't fit in with the neighborhood and would create a safety hazard on Naples Bay. That challenge was dropped eventually.

New plans up for a series of votes today show a floating dock that doesn't jut as far into the water and moves other mooring spots into a new boat basin to be carved out of part of the Donahue estate.

Staff writer Eric Staats contributed to this report.

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