Asbury Park orders restaurants to pay $1,500 fee

Some restaurants in downtown Asbury Park received notices from the city's zoning officer demanding expensive sound mitigation reports.

Some restaurants in downtown Asbury Park received notices from the city's zoning officer demanding expensive sound mitigation reports. (5/6/16)

ASBURY PARK - City officials are sounding a bad note in the Jersey Shore community that prides itself as the place where music lives — and where Bruce Spingsteen got his start.

Some restaurants in downtown Asbury Park received notices from the city's zoning officer demanding expensive sound mitigation reports.

It appears to be the new enforcement of a law that has been on the books for years.

The order requires restaurants to have the city perform the checks before they can play any type of music, including from the radio.

The manager of Toast on Cookman Avenue says the dining spot has opted to shut off background music to avoid paying $1,500 for the report.

"It's deathly silent, uncomfortably silent without music," says Adam Solan, the manager. "You don't realize how important having background music is in a restaurant or store until it's gone."

If music is played at any level without approval from the city engineer, businesses face a fine up to $2,000 per day.

News 12 New Jersey reached out to the zoning officer, director of planning and the city administrator for comment, but they did not immediately respond.

Business owners say they've heard the issue will be discussed at the next City Council meeting on Wednesday.

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Trending Video

Investigators say Quadeer Nelson and Kevin McKenzie distributed 1 2 arrested for allegedly selling synthetic marijuana that sickened dozens
VIDEO: Amazon announces new NJ centers 2 VIDEO: Amazon announces new NJ centers
3 Police investigating overnight shooting in Paterson
Video: Interview with NJ filmmaker Quinn Shephard 4 Video: Interview with NJ filmmaker Quinn Shephard
Manta rays, dragons, octopuses and more littered the 5 Kite festival kicks off in Long Branch

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Features

It's good to know you have Walt Kane Kane in Your Corner

It's good to know you have Walt Kane in your corner.

News 12 takes a look at the hottest Tech Check

Eric Landskroner has a look at the latest gadgets and biggest stories in tech.

News 12 On the Scene

Check out these exclusive videos from New Jersey celebs!

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.

LOGIN SUBSCRIBE