Sarasota News Leader

03/15/2013

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THE SOUND AND THE FURY A Sarasota County Code Enforcement graphic shows how sound emanating from Blasé Café (marked with the red balloon labeled 'A') has been directed toward the Terrace East and Terrace buildings in Siesta Village. Image courtesy Code Enforcement staff A COUNTY STAFF STUDY IN SIESTA VILLAGE REVEALS THAT PLACEMENT OF SPEAKERS IN A RESTAURANT AND THE DESIGN OF TWO BUILDINGS HAS EXACERBATED NOISE PROBLEMS By Rachel Brown Hackney Editor After months of complaints from residents in Siesta Key's Terrace East and Beach Terrace condominium complexes about the music coming from Blasé Café on Ocean Boulevard, it turns out the problem is rooted in architecture and the position of the restaurant's speakers. That was the news Sarasota County Code Enforcement Officer Kevin Burns presented to members of the Siesta Key Association during their March 27 regular meeting. "The Blasé Café forms an almost perfect amphitheater," Burns told the approximately 30 people in the audience. Moreover, he explained, the restaurant's speakers had It turns out there is nobody really been "pointing directly into the vortex of that to blame. The architecture's just bad. amphitheater, which Kevin Burns was the worst thing Code Enforcement Officer that could be happenSarasota County ing."

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