June 18, 2018
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11 noise complaints filed during Bangor waterfront concert

By Eric Russell, BDN Staff

BANGOR, Maine — Police received fewer noise complaints Thursday night during the latest Waterfront Concert Series offering but still enough to prompt city officials to continue working to address residents’ concerns.

Deputy Chief of Police Peter Arno said all 11 complaints received Thursday came between 7:30 and 8:30 p.m., which is when the Southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd performed. No complaints came during the opening band or during ZZ Top’s set, which continued past 10 p.m.

The number of complaints was fewer than the 16 received during the first of the 2011 Waterfront Concerts on April 30, but Arno said the city still is working to mitigate concerns. Concert promoter Alex Gray has been committed to doing his part.

Arno and Bangor Parks and Recreation Director Tracy Willette spent part of Thursday evening testing noise levels in West Side neighborhoods. Arno said he didn’t have the results and Willette could not be reached Friday.

City ordinances don’t explicitly restrict outside noise for this type of event, although ordinances do govern noise from bars and nightclubs.

Arno said concerts that last only a few hours seem to be less of a problem than all-day festival-type shows.

“Noise is subjective,” he said. “Sometimes, a motorcycle or a plane landing can be louder than the concert noise. It just doesn’t last as long.”

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