The temperatures may have been in the 20s and the holiday season in full swing, but nearly two dozen residents of Windchime Condominiums had summer on their minds at last week’s Mashpee Board of Selectmen meeting.
In September, Windchime residents presented the board with a petition signed by 50 residents requesting that The Lanes Bowl & Bistro at Mashpee Commons move its musical entertainment indoors. Residents complained that the music from the establishment’s outdoor patio drifted into their neighborhood, keeping them awake three nights per week until the wee hours of the morning. Windchime is on Great Neck Road South, approximately a half-mile east of The Lanes.
At the time, Jeffrey P. Moore, president and owner of Bobby Byrnes Management, which operates The Lanes, agreed to move all musical entertainment inside for the remainder of the season.
Selectman John J. Cahalane invited Windchime residents to attend last week’s public hearing for 2014 annual entertainment license renewals.
And show up they did.
Led by Joseph J. Mooney, chairman of the residents’ association, the Windchime contingent initially appeared to be insistent that the board stop nothing short of pulling The Lanes’ entertainment license, completely eliminating music from its outdoor patio area next summer.
“We are opposed to any outside music permit, and there’s enough of us here to stop it,” Mr. Mooney said, stressing that the intention was not to hurt Mr. Moore’s business. “We feel very strongly about this. It’s just not needed. We can’t go through another summer of this. It’s impacting sales at Windchime, and having an effect on people’s health.”
We are opposed to any outside music permit, and there’s enough of us here to stop it.
Windchime resident J. Lorraine Brown told the board that even with her windows closed, she could hear the music as if it were being played in her back yard, and when the bands were performing at The Lanes she could not sit outside on her deck.
Mr. Moore, who was accompanied by Bobby Byrne at the meeting, offered an apology to the Windchime residents, and reported that Mashpee Commons had consulted with sound engineers. He said a high brick wall was going to be built around the patio area to provide a sound barrier.
“We would still like to have outdoor music and we hope to continue doing fun things on the patio area,” he said.
At that point in the hearing, the selectmen proposed that The Lanes only have non-amplified music on its patio next year, and that the music stop at 10 PM, as opposed to the 1 AM stop time last summer. The Windchime residents, though, were still not convinced that this was the right solution.
“You are taking away his business, but why take it all away tonight without giving him a chance?” offered selectman Michael R. Richardson. “The owner seems very reasonable and if it doesn’t work, it doesn’t work.”
The residents expressed skepticism that the acoustic music would indeed stop by 10 PM. But board of selectmen chairman John J. Cahalane assured Mr. Mooney that it would, and if Windchime residents experienced any issues at the start of the summer season, the board would once again reconsider The Lanes’ entertainment license.
The board then voted unanimously to renew the license with the non-amplification and early stop time for the establishment, and all parties seemed to be satisfied with the compromise.
“We like to be good neighbors, too,” Mr. Mooney said.