Fairgrounds noise frustrates residents

Some residents around the Del Mar Fairgrounds say the noise level is excessive at times.

The fairgrounds hosts the San Diego County Fair and the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club’s horse racing season, during which live bands perform outside. In September and October, the Scream Zone comes to town and various horse competitions take place year-round along with a range of other special events.

Resident Andy Abramson has been pushing the 22nd Agriculture Association, which overseas the fairgrounds, for the last several weeks to try to get something done about the excessive noise. But he said that it won’t even add the item to the agenda for its monthly board meetings.

Linda Zweig, spokeswoman for the district, said last week that “any time we hear complaints from neighbors, we try to address them.”

Zweig said she was only aware of one complaint from a neighbor and that the district has met with area residents in the past to address their complaints.

Abramason said, “I don’t have a problem with them having a concert … but when I can’t listen to my stereo at a normal volume because their stuff is too loud, then it is a problem,” he said.

Abramson, who has been living on the Solana Beach side of Via de la Valle for eight years, says that at first the noise wasn’t an issue, but that it has been getting progressively louder over the last four years.

Linda Keyes also lives just north of Via de la Valle and has experienced the increase in noise over the last couple of years as well.

“It has gotten louder progressively,” she said. “They know it’s too loud, but nobody really takes control of the issue.”

Zweig said the fairgrounds also performs periodic noise monitoring during large events, such as the San Diego County Fair and the race season concerts, to make sure the noise level is reasonable.

Abramson said he and some of his neighbors have approached the city of Solana Beach and the homeowners association for his condo complex about monitoring the noise from the fairgrounds to determine if it violates any decibel restrictions.

Abramson and Keyes both said they feel a lack of response and action from the association and fairgrounds on this issue.

“They don’t live here; they’re not affected by it,” Abramson said.

Solana Beach City Manager David Ott said, “We have had one complainant recently; that complainant has requested that the city at sometime measure the noise level coming off the fairgrounds site during a concert event.”

He added that a decision hasn’t been made on whether the city would do noise level tests, but said they have discussed the issue with fairgrounds management.

Related posts:

  1. Fairgrounds noise level needs to be addressed
  2. No raise for Del Mar Fairgrounds CEO
  3. Fairgrounds officials try to sell naming rights
  4. DM Fairgrounds budget includes belt-tightening
  5. Del Mar Fairgrounds clarifies furlough confusion

Short URL: http://www.delmartimes.net/?p=3574

Posted by on Oct 29, 2009. Filed under Archives. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

Leave a Reply

Archives

Facebook

Bottom Buttons 1

Bottom Buttons 2

Bottom Buttons 3

Bottom Buttons 4

Bottom Buttons 5

Bottom Buttons 6

LA JOLLA NEWS

RSS LA JOLLA NEWS

RANCHO SANTA FE NEWS

RANCHO SANTA FE NEWS

RSS RANCHO SANTA FE NEWS

  • Rancho Santa Fe resident’s Gen 7 wines earn top honors
    Rancho Santa Fe resident Tim Bacino’s Gen 7 Wines is on a hot streak, his varietals winning several awards this summer in California wine competitions. […]
  • Torrey Pines High School baseball alum Taylor Murphy excelling in pro ball
    It was during a breakout senior year at Torrey Pines High that Taylor Murphy first popped up on the radar of professional scouts. Shortly after graduation, Murphy was selected by the San Diego Padres in the 40th round of the June 2011 amateur draft. He declined, honoring a commitment to the University of the Pacific. Three years later, Murphy got another sho […]
  • Why Hire a Licensed Landscape Professional?
    By Steve Jacobs, Nature Designs The old saying – “if something seems to good to be true, it probable is” – is quite fitting when it comes to hiring a contractor for your home or yard construction project. While it is smart to shop around, get quotes, etc., don’t fall into the trap of trusting […]