DELRAY BEACH, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) — The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office responded multiple times Saturday evening to a party in Stone Creek Ranch — a gated community on Lyons Road between Clint Moore and Atlantic where many homes start in the $5-Millions and often span ten thousand square feet.
The party Saturday night — apparently thrown by a parent for a child near Quiet Vista Road and Bent Grass Court — was so loud that homeowners in the neighboring communities of Seven Bridges, The Bridges, Mizner Country Club and others called PBSO starting in the 6pm hour until the music finally stopped around 11 p.m.
But according to law enforcement, none of the callers was willing to swear out a complaint — the key, at least in Palm Beach County, for police to be able to issue a citation or even shut down the party. It’s a little known fact that experts say can help lead to a silent night.
“People often wish to remain anonymous or actually try to be nice by not asking for an officer or deputy to stop by their homes,” said one person familiar with the incident. “But in Palm Beach County, if there’s no complainant on the record for something like this, there’s no actionable complaint. The best deputies can do is to ask someone to turn the music down.”
Accoridng to law enforcement, an actual noise complaint filed by a citizen is a different story.
“We can then investigate it as a ‘criminal’ complaint,” said a law enforcement official. “We’ll come to the complainant’s house, listen to the level of the music or noise, record it, and then use it in court against the person making the noise.”
The Palm Beach County noise ordinance specifically bans: “the using or operating of any loud speaker, loud speaker system, sound amplifier, radio, television, phonograph, musical instrument or other similar device within or adjacent to inhabited residential land such that the sound there from exceeds the decibel level set forth (in a specific table) for any specific incident.”
Without publishing the table but in layman’s terms: it is a violation of the code for amplified music to be so loud that it’s heard thousands of yards away in multiple neighboring communities.
BocaNewsNow.com is not publishing the name of the homeowner in question unless charges are ultimately filed.