Online poll: Keep the noise down, says Cayman

Bars and clubs in and around residential areas are too noisy, say the majority of respondents to a Caymanian Compass poll. 

Of the 670 respondents, 289, or 43.1 percent, said that those establishments ought to keep noise levels down “all day long, every day.”  

The second highest response was from 220 people, or 32.8 per cent, who felt that clubs and bars should quieten down “after 9 p.m. every day.” 

Together, those two options comprised 75.9 percent of the total vote. 

Some 89 people (13.3 percent) said that those places should be quieter, “but not on Friday and Saturday nights,” 56 (8.4 percent) opted for “No. Don’t let the killjoys win,” and the remaining 16 people (2.4 percent) selected “Other.” 

Those who called for a dampening down of noise throughout the day had plenty to say on the matter. 

“Noise pollution is a 24/7 problem and tramples our right to enjoy our property,” one person said. 

Another posed a rhetorical question: “Consider if this was your home next door to a continuous late night party several days per week. Common sense would tell you that music so loud that conversation is impossible should only be held in an enclosed building venue, not outdoors next to people’s bedrooms.” 

A third person took a pragmatic angle.  

“This is very important for both tourists and locals alike – will have a very positive impact on repeat business,” wrote the poll participant. “People come here to relax, not to be blasted out of it and forced to listen to music they might not like.” 

Another commenter was shocked at the volume of certain establishments. 

“The noise in out of control … patrons would go deaf based on the levels at some of these bars,” the reader said. 

Many people who chose that option had answers based on a variation of “residential areas are… for residents and families,” and/or along the lines that Cayman was a family vacation destination, “not a nightclub vacation.” 

Those who moderated their opinion to call for quiet after 9 p.m. daily also made some points. 

“All bars and clubs, no matter where they are located, should have to adhere to the same noise restrictions, say fewer than 85 decibels or a level set by government,” one person offered, whilst another seemed to have an insight into one of the reasons the noise levels were set higher. 

“They make their money because people can’t really talk, so they buy more food and drinks. The louder the music, the less talk, the more they buy,” read the reply. 

The minority that selected “Don’t let the killjoys win,” had some thoughts on the matter too. 

“Most of these bars are in areas that were deemed tourist zones years ago,” one person noted. “I feel … if somebody has decided to go stick his family in a tourist zone now wants to demand peace and quiet, no, that is what residential zones are for, go live there.” 

Those who selected “Other,” as is often the case with Compass polls, were one of the most vociferous sections. 

“I believe that bars and clubs should not have loud music all night, but I have never heard the music too loud in Cayman,” wrote a respondent. “I think some of these people should buy ear plugs if the music bothers them that bad.” 

Another took up the thread and put some of the onus on potential property owners themselves. 

“When you make a decision to invest in/rent a property next to a bar or club this should be one of the considerations,” this person pointed out. “However, I do support that there should be respect for property owners by these establishments and at midnight music should be lowered, on weekends.” 

“For me, it’s not so much the music but the bass level,” another respondent said. 

Next week’s poll question: 

What should be done about violent behavior of children in schools?  

Suspend or expel them immediately.  

Get the police to deal with it.  

Let the parents deal with it.  

Bring back corporal punishment.  

Other (explain)  

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