GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - Leaders in Bay St. Louis are one step closer to finding a solution to recent noise complaints. After hearing from residents and business owners, council members have decided to form a committee that will create an effective noise ordinance in the city.
This isn't a new problem in the Bay. Residents and business owners have been at odds over noise for years.
"Bay St. Louis has got some great things going on, and this is just one of them we're going to have to address, because it's a good thing," said Ward 6 Councilman Lonnie Falgout.
Falgout said noise complaints mean business growth. For some residents who live close to the late night bars, it means losing sleep.
"It's getting to the point where on Friday and Saturday night, I can't live in my house. I now wear ear plugs on Friday and Saturday night," said one resident.
Another resident echoed those thoughts.
"It's not fair for citizens to be woken up at one o'clock in the morning or twelve o'clock at night to loud music," said another resident.
Not all residents are opposed to the late night music. Some say it's the sound of money being poured into Bay St. Louis.
"All day, all night I hear it, because I'm in the middle of Old Town. All I hear is ca-ching, ca-ching, ca-ching," said Alex Birdwell.
The businesses that seem to get the most flack from residents are The Depot, Bouy's Bar, and The Ugly Pirate. The owner of Buoy's Bar told the council if they decide to shut him down too early, he would lose a significant portion of his business.
"These people I don't think understand that most of the people that are coming to the bars are not even coming out until 10 or 10:30 at night. We do as much money on Friday and Saturday night between 10 and 1:30 as we do all day," said Roger Caplinger.
For the owner of The Depot, cutting the music down early could silence her business for good.
"Realistically, if we have to shut down at 2 o'clock or 1 o'clock, then we might as well shut down now because we won't make it," said the owner of The Depot.
Residents and business owners who want to be on the committee were asked to leave their names and numbers so they can move forward with finding a happy medium.