Could this ordinance kill the music at Tiki Beach?
The popular waterfront music venue says a new noise ordinance is aimed solely at them; residents say they just want to get some sleep.
The owners of Tiki Beach Bar and Grill sat quietly for the beginning part of a meeting in which Town of Dewey president Maurice King explained a new noise ordinance. The draft of that ordinance can be found here.
The owners say that ordinance is targeted solely at them, and that it could shut down live music at the popular music venue.
Tiki Beach Bar and Grill is a music venue and bar located on Lake du Bay, which has become a popular spot for partygoers from Wausau and Stevens Point. It holds a regular lineup of music and people will come by boat or even kayak to hang out on the beach and enjoy some tunes.
Tiki Beach’s owners first took to Facebook in early May to decry the coming ordinance. Here is what they posted:
Tiki Friends, the town of Dewey is holding a discussion on a noise ordinance that would essentially shut down the live music at Tiki. If you love live music at Tiki, we strongly suggest you make sure your voice is heard.
[I cut out the identifying information of the post, though it’s easy enough to find]
Defend our right to have live music!
Some did defend the bar’s music rights, but others expressed their concern with the venue’s noise level. Threats of lawsuits were thrown around.