Gilligan’s, meanwhile, awaits results of sound study requested by Sarasota County staff
By Chris Ann Allen
Two Siesta Key nightspots were looking for later live music hours, but now only one remains in the running.
Gilligan’s Island Bar & Grill, 5253 Ocean Blvd. in the Siesta Key Village, is continuing its push for live music past its current 10 p.m. limit, while the Crescent Club, located at 6519 Midnight Pass Rd., withdrew its request for the same.
In both cases, a special exception would need to be approved by the Sarasota Board of County Commissioners for any extended live-music hours.
Crescent Club owner Gary Kompothecras said his business is no longer trying to work with the county to approve a request for live music until 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and until midnight Friday and Saturday.
“The neighbors were saying a lot of terrible things that were not true, so we decided not to pursue it,” Kompothecras said, referring to a June 19 neighborhood workshop held via Zoom during which about a dozen people living within earshot of the establishment spoke against the later hours for live entertainment.
“The people that come really like it, and you live in a resort town, so what do you expect?” he said. “But we just decided it wasn’t worth it.”
However, Gilligan’s was still negotiating with the county toward its goal to possibly provide live music until 2 a.m. Casey Colburn, attorney for Gilligan’s, said his client completed a sound study requested by county staff as part of the process but was waiting to hear back from the sound engineer, Keane Acoustics of Oldsmar, with results.
The sound study included measuring ambient sound levels when live music is not playing and when live music is playing, spanning up to 18 hours of sound measuring, then comparing the data against the county noise ordinance and mitigation recommendations, if needed.
Colburn said the next mediation session with the county was scheduled for Oct. 31, which could mean the request would not go before the county commission until 2024. However, if the results of the study clearly show there would be no violations of the sound ordinance, the request could be brought to the commission without the need for another mediation session, he said.
The sound limit for Gilligan’s is 75 decibels for mid-range frequencies.
“We are playing by the rules,” Colburn said. “We have always been in compliance and are doing everything we can to move forward with the request within the county’s framework.”
Commissioners first denied a similar request from Gilligan’s in January by a 4-1 vote. The establishment then requested, in the summer, mediation involving a special magistrate.