Written by Gary Simeone Friday, 22 August 2014 00:00
The Glen Cove City Council’s decision to allow amplified music at outdoor cafes at last week’s special meeting was music to the ears of The View Grill manager Frank Venturino. The council voted 6-1 in favor of the decision to allow music from the period of Aug. 12 to Sept. 30. Councilman Efraim Spagnoletti was the only council member to vote no on the resolution.
“We just want to have some background entertainment for our patrons while they are at our restaurant,” said Venturino. “We don’t plan to get wild with the music. We just want to support local talent who entertain people with a microphone and maybe an acoustic guitar from 3 to 7 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.”
Venturino said that he was happy with the city council’s decision, “because businesses need the opportunities to build their business and that means bringing in more people to their establishments from other communities.”
Glen Cove Mayor Reginald Spinello said that he wanted to present a resolution that would give businesses the opportunity to do more business and at the same time recognize the concerns of the neighborhood.
“The goal here tonight is try to get something worked out for everyone,” said Spinello.
The new city ordinance states that local cafés will have to pay $50 for a permit if they plan to have live music at their establishment. The permits would be issued by the Building Department and would be valid from Memorial Day to Sept. 30 on Fridays and Saturdays until 10:30 p.m. and on Sundays until 8 p.m.
Robert Pagano, acting manager and director of the Glen Cove Mansion and Conference Center, said he was in favor of the council’s decision, “Because allowing amplified music would really improve the position of the mansion and keep it as an ongoing profitable entity.”
Not everyone was in favor of having amplified music at outdoor establishments including a few Morgan Island residents who attended the meeting.
One East Island resident who is a member of the Village Planning Board said that in August of 2009 he hired an acoustical firm to test the decibel levels of an outdoor wedding event at the mansion and surrounding areas.
“The report was devastating,” said the resident. “The decibel levels were off the charts, intolerable and you couldn’t get away from the frequencies of the music.”
He urged the City Council to consider the report before making their decision.
Mayor Spinello said that this decision will be a learning curve and that it is a test for businesses that choose to have outdoor amplified music.
“It is too early to put in hardcore rules now, but at the end of this trial run we’ll see what guidelines we can put in,” he said.