A public meeting will held in October to address the so-called “elephant in the room” that is Sarcoa, and to consider relaxing the city’s ban on amplified outdoor noise.
Sarcoa has called live music on the patio the key to its success, filing a 15 million dollar lawsuit against the city and the Hamilton Waterfront Trust, over the city’s ban on amplified noise from outdoor patios.
City planners have since looked into how other Ontario cities deal with the issue and currently, only Burlington, St. Catharines and Vaughan join Hamilton by having a total ban.
Ward 2 Councillor Jason Farr believes there’s room to relax the rules, which stressing that he’s not about “pumping up the jam at all hours”, but rather being open to things like a world cup and a television on a patio on a hot summer day.
Councillor Chad Collins cautions that he’d be open to reviewing the rules within a specific area, like the west harbour, but not on a city-wide basis.
Sarcoa has drawn complaints from nearby residents, as well as those living across the west harbour in Burlington, as a result of amplified music from its patio.