At Monday night’s council meeting, residents who live within 200 feet of the festival building and the empty field next to the building, plus, the bar, which is across the street from the festival building, were at the council meeting to complain about loud noise created by music of those renting the building, grounds and those who attend the bar.
Most of the residents who live in the homes by the festival building and bar are the elderly who go to bed early.
But trying to go to bed early on weekends is becoming impossible for those residents.
Music from either the festival grounds, festival building or the loud music blaring from vehicles traveling to and from the building or bar is aggravating the residents.
The bar is allowed to remain open until 4 a.m. because of the town’s closing ordinance. The aldermen began the process to change the 4 a.m. selling alcohol ordinance to 2 a.m.. At the next aldermen meeting, on Nov. 1, the aldermen will have a public hearing about changing times.
Residents attended the Delcambre Aldermen meeting to complain to Mayor Carrol Broussard and the aldermen about the constant noise problem late at night near the Shrimp Festival building.
One resident complained he had not slept in weeks and has called the police to complain. The resident said the loud music from vehicles going to or leaving the bar has kept him awake until 4 a.m. - when the bar shuts down.
EJ Segura, who is in his 80s, stood up at the meeting and said, “I can not stand this any more. I can not sleep. The boom boxes from cars is coming right up to my house. What can be done at them?”
Mayor Broussard informed Segura he has to call the police to complain. Segura fired back and said he called the police three times.
Nolan Landry lives behind the festival building and right next to the field that is used for fund raisers.
He complained to the aldermen and mayor that for 13 hours he had to listen to loud music from bands at a recent fund raiser.
“You say no one complains about the festival building, but you are wrong,” said Landry. “I complain about it because I can not sleep.”
When someone has a fund raiser on the grounds, they put the band along side his house or within 50 feet of his house. Landry requested that bands be placed next to the railroad track, which is far from homes.
Landry reminded everyone that there is a town ordinance dealing with disturbing the peace and if a band is too close to his house, then it is disturbing his peace, he said.
“I can’t stay in my house because it rattles my windows,” Landry added. “I had law officers come in my house and made them listen to my windows rattle.”
Time and time again, Landry said, bands promise to stop at 8 p.m. but they will continue playing until 9 p.m. Over the last month, Landry has been awakened two weekends by something either going on at the festival building or on the festival grounds.
“Why is it that I can not have peace and quiet myself?” he asked the aldermen.