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Posted on: September 6, 2019

City Council Asks Rock Row Developers to Address Concert Noise

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The Portland City Council has sent a letter to the Rock Row developers asking them to address concert noise and related issues at the Maine Savings Pavillion. Councilors Batson and Thibodeau co-authored the letter, which all members of the Council signed

The Councilors are specifically asking for the following information: 

  • decibel readings for each show 
  • which shows were amplified on the venue system or that of the artist 
  • exact locations of the monitors 
  • at which shows was sound lowered during the performance due to excessive noise 

The Councilors are also requesting details of how Waterfront Concerts has been cataloging and addressing each complaint that has been filed, as well as sound mitigation plans and implementation processes throughout the summer. 

“As the district Councilor for one of the neighborhoods abutting Rock Row, it was imperative I advocate for the residents in my city and properly mitigate these unceasing noise violations,” said Councilor Brian Batson, District 3. “I was happy to draft it with Councilor Thibodeau.”

"I am proud to co-author this letter with Councilor Batson to address the impact of these concerts to Portland residents' quality of life, especially those in the immediately surrounding area of the venue,” said Councilor Spencer Thibodeau, District 2. “We demand measurable data and a detailed plan from Waterfront Concerts on a mitigation plan going forward."  

"Portland residents continue to voice their frustration with the noise level from these concerts.  Countless complaints have been lodged with Waterfront Concerts this summer and I have continued to forward the complaints I receive to Westbrook City officials,” said Councilor Kim Cook, District 5. “I have urged them to take action to lower the noise level and require an earlier end time. My hope is that this letter sends a strong message to Rock Row, Waterfront Concerts and our colleagues in Westbrook that the status quo is unacceptable.  Additionally, if Waterfront Concerts does not address our concerns, I will advocate that they are no longer granted permission to use any City of Portland venues in the future."

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