DEWEY BEACH, Del. (AP) - The mayor and town council in Dewey Beach have voted to tighten noise limits on businesses after residents complained about disturbances from crowded bars and restaurants.
The News Journal reports the Saturday vote was 3-0 to change the business-license code to limit noise. Two council members abstained.
The change reduces the maximum noise level to 70 decibels during the day, down from 80 decibels. After 10 p.m., noise will be limited to 60 decibels, down from 75.
Police can take sound readings to gauge whether bands or crowds are too loud.
Councilmember Jim Laird, who abstained from voting, says he's worried the town could be open to lawsuits from bar owners or managers who could be arrested and fined $500 for violations.
Restaurant owners say the limits are too restrictive.