LETTER TO THE EDITOR: How about a compromise on special events?
Let’s compromise by getting a reasonable sound ordinance in place for future festivals such as SnowGlobe.
The sub-woofer power is the real culprit that must be controlled. Volume can be modified with ear plugs – pounding and vibrating can’t.
My husband is a rock musician. His studio-quality, sound-canceling headphones weren’t able to block the sub-woofer pounding during SnowGlobe enough for him to practice electric guitar for his New Year’s Eve gig at the Beacon!
Our elderly neighbor stated, “What the city is doing to the old people is pitiful.” Our other neighbor, a cardiologist, wrote a scathing letter to the City Council regarding physical symptoms suffered during SnowGlobe.
We need a balance between the economy, special events, and respect for the residents – in this case affecting about a mile radius around the college including much of Al Tahoe, Bijou, Pioneer Village and Sierra Tract in the sub-woofer pounding. The volume went much farther but wasn’t a physical assault.
We are the residents who own, work and shop at local business every day, year after year, the taxpayers and voters of this city. Will this affect our property values? Will we have to disclose this festival and noise information if we must sell our two houses in Sierra Tract?
Laws and ordinances are designed to protect us. Being a special event is not an excuse to blow off the laws or civility.
Do you value quiet? When you think of Lake Tahoe do you see beauty, the great outdoors, health, a relief from the noise and chaos that is the daily life of most city dwellers? Do you really want to bring everything that is wrong with big cities to this area? More creative brainstorming is necessary.
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