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Quincy officials say Ocean Club noise getting better

Posted by Jessica Bartlett  July 18, 2013 12:00 PM

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After constant monitoring and three violations, noise problems at The Ocean Club at Marina Bay may finally be getting better.

Quincy's director of inspectional services, Jay Duca, said the progress has been slow, but after the bar hired a sound engineer in early July, noise hasn’t been as much of a problem.

“Every year it’s gotten better, and every incident they have gotten better and done things - adjusted their sound system. I’ve been told they changed the direction of their speaker system and … they are monitoring themselves,” Duca said.

The hiring of a sound engineer came after The Ocean Club a cited for three violations of noise ordinances since opening for the summer, receiving a $100 fine for each offense.

Duca wasn’t sure of the dates of the offenses, but said he and others go out every weekend to inspect the decibel range of the noise.

Anything louder than 60 decibels, or a normal conversation at three feet apart, up to 11 p.m. is a violation, as is anything over 55 decibels after 11 p.m.

“There has been no violations since the last I’ve written, since they’ve hired the engineer. Things are good. They get the message. They are trying and doing a good job,” Duca said.

Licensing Board chairman and City Clerk Joseph Shea said that the problem may be short-lived anyway.

Permitting for a condo complex that would replace the bar has been moving swiftly, Shea said, and though neighbors have had concerns about traffic in the past, opposition to the development is reportedly low.

In the meantime, if violations continue, the penalties could be more severe, including loss of their liquor license for a day or two, Shea said.

The Ocean Club's manager did not return calls seeking comment for this article.

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