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Estero's Pelican Sound Wants Live Outdoor Entertainment, Additional Pickleball Equipment -

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Pelican Sound, a 562-acre community in Estero, has requested permission for live outdoor entertainment on the river club deck and the construction of an additional pickleball facility along Williams Road adjacent to the golf course maintenance facility. I requested a modification of the composition. .

According to the Sports and Fitness Industry Association, pickleball has become the fastest growing sport in the country, surging nearly 40% between 2019 and 2021 to 4.8 million players.

According to Pelican Sound General Manager Eric Long, Pelican Sound has about 850 active pickleball players.

Pelican Sound will have special acoustic material reduction along the facility’s fence to limit play time from 8am to dusk. There are also equipment restrictions for using certain paddles designed for the green zone or the quiet zone.

Ken Gallander, Director of Planning, RWA Engineering, said:

Staff suggested that special sound absorbing materials be placed on all sides of the fencing and that players use equipment approved as ‘quiet’ or ‘green zones’. In response, the Applicant proposed installing special sound absorbing materials only on the north and south sides of the fence, as Pelican Sound’s noise analysis indicated that sounds above decibel levels would only be carried from the east and west. .

Noise concerns surrounding pickleball facilities seemed less of a concern as more residents expressed concerns about live outdoor entertainment.

Pelican Sound is prohibited from playing live music, but currently requests live outdoor entertainment on Thursdays and Saturdays from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM.

Requests are for one artist or a duet with a small speaker system to minimize disruption to others. The music orientation is southwest facing the establishment’s patrons, with outdoor seating and music protected by the club’s structure and reserves. range.

Background environmental noise was found to be about 47 decibels, and about 47 decibels with music on. “All we found was the ambient background noise of him, and for the music, one individual or a duet, the difference from his type of music was negligible,” Gallander said. I’m here.

Board member Barry Jones expressed concern about the findings. “You can’t say louder music means less noise,” he said. “I’m an engineer and I don’t understand how it can happen in any shape or form.”

Downriver residents, primarily in Estero River Heights, complained of problems with music and noise coming into their homes from Pelican Sound.

“Sound travels very well over water,” says Estero River Heights resident Randy Mote. “The orientation of the river club creates an amphitheater-like effect that sends music straight down the river to the west and southwest.” He added that he had heard it coming.

Brady has lived in Estero River Heights for almost 20 years and has been against live outdoor entertainment.

“Anyway, roll back the current code that allows them to have music and put their music in the middle of their community so that it only affects their community.

Residents of Pelican Sound have spoken out in support of additional pickleball facilities and live outdoor entertainment, while expressing sympathy for their neighbors.

Janet O’Hara, member of the Pelican Sound Board of Directors, said: “Pelican Sound wants to be a good neighbor, a good river neighbor, and a good neighbor to the rest of the village.”

Since the pickleball facility and outdoor live entertainment were joint applications, the village land use attorney and members of the planning committee decided to continue this item within two weeks, and asked Pelican Sound to address the noise issue and We gave them time to make adjustments before the recommendations came out. made a council.

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