The noise ordinance dispute started after local bars and nightclubs came under fire for playing loud music, and troubling residents who live in homes close to downtown.
The main solution offered by the members of the Board of Alderman apparently is that music should be played indoors, and limited in outdoor settings. The board even
voted unanimously to turn off outdoor amplified music at events held on public property at 10 p.m. every night of the week.
Due to his own pending federal lawsuit against the City of Ocean Springs, Steve Munn, owner of The Purple Pelican issued an official statement to The Gazette. The new Amendment, states Munn ,"Is a punt by the Board (of Alderman) because it appears to target the one establishment that specializes in live outdoor music. That's unfortunate, because in reality it does nothing to correct the deficiencies of the 'noise' ordinance itself."
That establishment is Mezo’s Juke Joint which seems to have been singled out in this disagreement. Christine Mezo, owner of Mezo’s Juke Joint, is calm and logical about the whole situation, “We just want a decibel level to tell us what’s too loud-an objective measure. Instead of an opinion of a person as to whether we’re loud or too loud.”