What Noise?

February 5, 2014

The D.C. Noise Control Act limits noise levels at night to 60 decibels and the newly formed D.C. Nightlife Noise Coalition says the volume emanating from some nearby nightlife establishments in Dupont Circle is disrupting residents’ quality of life, and city officials aren’t enforcing the law. The coalition largely comprises residents in the Palladium Condominium at 1325 18th St. NW, where she has lived since 2011. The group also has the support of Steve Coniglio, the developer of a 70-unit condominium next to the Tabard Inn on N Street NW, which is in “earshot” to the area south of Dupont Circle along Connecticut Avenue nicknamed Club Central. Together, they have many tactics for fighting noise, including going around at night with a Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs-approved sound meter to measure the rowdiness of area establishments. The group is also meeting with government officials to demand they enforce these laws and is protesting the re-licensing of the worst noise offenders with the Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration. (WCP)

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