With the Canada Day Weekend behind us , we’re officially into the summer holiday season, a time for backyard barb b ques , pool parties and noise complaints.
Every year, there seems to be a confrontational situation between a business that turns up the volume on their patio and concerned neighbours.
Of course the controversy between the Sarcoa restaurant and some of their neighbours is getting most of the attention so far this season.
There seem to be some questionable dealings between the restaurant owners and the Waterfront Trust that need to be sorted out , but in the meantime, how do we address the concerns of neighbours and local business ?
On hot summer nights, people like to sit outside on front porches and backyards and they likely sleep with their windows open .
But, local businesses like Sarcoa need outdoor patio business to attract customers in the summer season.
If the City shuts down the music , you likely shut down the restaurant and while some neighbours may be fine with that, it hardly sends a positive message to potential investors who are considering their own businesses in the area.
Many other cities are able to find a balance between thriving entertainment districts and the concerns of local residents; it’s about time that Hamilton did the same.