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Saint Lucia To Regulate Noisy Music

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Saint Lucia will soon regulate noise pollution from the music blaring in public places and entertainment centers.

The authorities plan to implement measures to legislate the decibel level of the music.

Last year, concerned residents in the popular Rodney Bay entertainment hub and its environs raised the alarm over noise pollution in the community.

In response, the authorities sought clarification from the Attorney General’s office.

In this regard, the AG’s chambers were tasked with drafting legislation to address the noise pollution problem.

Member of Parliament (MP) for Gros Islet, Kenson Casimir, noted that the issue does not pertain solely to persons from the northern community but impacts venues across the island.

“We have a document in circulation, and one of the things we’ve done is that we’ve gotten from the police the barometers that we are going to use to fit into the noise pollution recommendations,” Casimir told reporters at a media briefing on Monday.

He explained that the regulatory standards would apply to venues across the board, whether in a residential community or one that is entertainment and residential.

The Gros Islet MP told reporters that the police had assessed “different decibel levels” from their evaluations and submitted recommendations to the Attorney General’s chambers.

Since the document was circulated some months ago, there has been some consultation with the nightclubs, bar owners, and residents.

“The only thing that has not been circulated is what the police suggested, in terms of what is objectively considered (to be) noise,” said Casimir.

“And even then, you will never be able to please everybody,” he contended.

“You will have some of the Dee Jays and the owners saying that it’s too low, and the residents saying that its too high,” he added.

“We’ve tried our best to get a middle ground,” the Gros Islet MP explained.

 

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15 COMMENTS

  1. Casimir are you daft. There is no middle ground when people are at their home. People need peace in their homes.

  2. Simple rule. Play your music for yourself and your customers and no one else. Treat this scourge like second hand smoke. It is just as dangerous.

  3. Can’t wait to see what would apply to the bars in small communities who host events like breakfast fetes from 4:00 a.m and on an ordinary play music so loudly that persons have to vacate their own homes. That can never be right!

  4. Ya’ll find Music in Rodney Bay and now ya’ll feel entitled for whatever reason, it’s not as if it stared years after ya’ll moved to thus location. It’s like building a house near the ocean and getting pissed off cause your pots and pans are all rusted out because of the sea blast. My suggestion is trade your property with someone who lives in Boton where it’s quiet so you can have silence on a daily basis. Yep I think this is a reasonable solution to ya’ll situation.

  5. Did the minister just used “barometer” in the context of a decibel detection device? I know i am not bright but happy to read alleged bright people copying my dumb style! On another note, why cant we just love one another and learn to live with each other in peace- God is love and as long as we do not know GOD we cannot know Love! If this message hurts your feeling then the Devil has you and your family in his arms!!!

  6. H5d – some of us were here before the noise came. Before Sandals bought the clubhouse, it was a peaceful residential area. Now it’s over 100 dB in my home which is blocks from the clubhouse for hours when they hold fetes. You are right if the music was there first, but that’s not always the case and I agree with Just Saying’s comment that people should be allowed peace in their own homes! I only hope the police will enforce it with Sandals. Time will tell.

  7. One must also take into account what happens these days with music blaring on private vehicles and mini buses. Most guys remove their seats and replace them with huge speakers, they even place the speaker on the top of their car to ensure that the noise goes further. Some St. Lucians are obsessed with noise, like it’s food for their soul. Something must be done.

  8. I remember and I’m subject to correction that the law permits persons who apply and is granted a licence through the Office of the Comissioner of Police, to cut off the music at 02:00am. In my opinion, that’s crazy. That’s when someone is fully asleep and you have that thing pounding in your head. There is the option of soundproofing your establishment. It has been done before in Amse La Raye.

  9. It does not make sense if you make this legislation without addressing noise pollution in neighbourhoods aka neighbours who believe that their house should be a disco. This is where the real source of pollution is for the most part. people have aright to peace and quiet in every single neighbourhood in st lucia. those that want to hear loud music can plug things in their ears and allow the music to blast it off. so many people suffering from hearing difficulties. it is not due to old age but the constant noise. I will sahre this story. Went to specialist doctors while overseas and part of the treatment was hearing tests. There was one sound I was not capable of hearing. this man then ask; were you always at the disco? I said no. I am not a dance person and has never been . guess what just above my room was a neighbour throughout teens and early 20’s who played loud ahse music nearly every single day. This is a health hazard . and you dont know the true cost of it until u get tested sometimes. How long will it be before this health menace causing vertigo, headaches and other diseases be addressed comprehensively across the board in st lucia? There should be a hotline or email form to report people for noise. first is a warning, twice or repeated attempts, should result in a fine or jail time. This is a health hazard

  10. @clamp down. The adverse health effects of constant exposure to noise/music is far worse than being limited to hearing loss. We’re talking about cardiovascular disease, premature death, high blood pressure, lost sleep, diabetes and all the associated bad outcomes of those diseases. Why isn’t the CMO putting a stop to this menace is beyond me? The population is dying because of this yet silence. Noise pollution kills people to put it simply.

  11. How about sound pollution from cabot, every sat and SUNDAY 7 am they have been jackhammering all day on sat and Sunday since January!,,,,,,Claiming its not them jackhammering all day long it’s in their vicinity and property yet it’s another villa building SMPPPHHH! Smph disturbing everyone even across sandals cap course you can here this Phockin jackhammering from Cabutt!,,, smph charge them$$$$$$

  12. I hope this law also takes into consideration extremely loud noises created by business operations which due to our almost non existant zoning laws have allowed residential and business establishments to be juxta posed to each other and has left communities to suffer regular exposure to deafening and debilitating noise. This law should not be limited to loud music alone as noise pollution comes in other forms.

  13. I hope that beaches are also considered. On their own and also those in and adjacent to residential areas. Why must I bring my family to the beach to have us unable to speak with each other because someone is blasting music with profa ity and suggestive language? Why, at my home, must people be able to come to the beach below my house and blast music from midday to midnight that literally shakes my house and keeps my kids from being able to study or sleep and my elderly mother up at night? I cannot move my house for their convenience!

    This is ridiculous, and one day someone is going to be stabbed or shot over this constant and never ending scourge.

  14. The cars and mobile djs that remove their seats and strap speakers to the roof of their cars are a scoruge. The people who go to a beach in a quiet reside.tial neighbourhood a x blast music until from 12pm to 2 am are a scourge. The buses that blast music everywhere they go are a scourge. END IT ALL

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