A popular Surf City bar came under fire from nearby property owners who are turning to the town for help.
SURF CITY | A popular Surf City bar came under fire from nearby property owners who are turning to the town for help.
Residents who live near The Trailer Bar asked the town’s council Tuesday night to move the town’s noise ordinance back one hour, changing it from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. to 7 a.m.
“We just want to get back some normalcy to our life,” Surf City resident Shannon Fisher said. “We just want this hour of peace. We’re not trying to close the business. We’re just asking for the noise to go inside at 10 o’clock rather than 11 o’clock.”
Fisher and 10 other property owners who signed a petition asking for the ordinance change say the bar is a repeat violator of the current noise ordinance. She said that problems associated with noise have caused property values in her neighborhood to decrease.
The petition states that “very questionable antics” occur after 11 p.m., including belligerent, intoxicated patrons leaving the bar.
“I heard of a lot of assertions there that I certainly don’t agree with,” said Tony Trevathan, the bar’s owner. “The bar, by the state of North Carolina, can stay open to 2 o’clock in the morning so people will still drink.”
Other residents and local business owners argued that pushing the noise curfew up to 10 p.m. would hurt businesses and, in turn, the local economy.
“If you take entertainment away you’re going to take revenue away from the city,” said Marty Martin. “Things don’t start jumping on this island until 10 or 11 o’clock. Eleven o’clock is a good time to cut it off. That one hour means thousands of dollars on this island.”
Dennis Miller said he lives near the bar and that his property value has not been negatively impacted.
“Ten o’clock is far too early because a lot of people don’t get there until 10 o’clock,” he said.
Trailer Bar bouncer Johnny Davis defended his employer.
“We try to keep the noise down,” he said. “We’re doing the best we can.”
Once patrons leave the bar their behavior is out of the staff’s hands, Davis said.
The bar offers musical entertainment on the weekends, he said, when children are out of school. The staff has been looking into sound mitigation measures as well, he said.
The town council asked town staff to investigate the matter and see if the bar owner and nearby residents could come to a resolution.