Who’s the noisiest of them all in downtown West Palm Beach?


Off the Hookah

West Palm Beach’s noise enforcers have been hard at work with their hand-held sound meters, citing downtown clubs and restaurants dozens of times.

From the first of the year, 44 warnings and tickets have been issued under the new law, which requires music volumes below 85 decibels, measured from 20 feet away.

Of the 44, 9 were citations, with fines ranging from $250 for a first offense to $1,000 for subsequent offenses. As of last week only two of the nine fines had been paid, according to the city.

Off the Hookah, at 314 Clematis St., had the most unhappy visits from a meter-reader, with nine warnings or citations. Pawnshop weighed in with eight; Bar Louie, six; and Lynora’s, five.

Lynora’s owner says he plans to appeal the $1,000 fine he got July 24. Angelo Abbenante says his phone’s decibel meter showed the Italian restaurant was well below the decibel limit.

The noise meter law was passed late last year, after more than a year of efforts by the city to balance the needs of downtown clubs and downtown condo residents.



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