Seaside Concerts Start Tonight Thanks To New Law

Mayor Signs Law Creating Temporary Modification On Sound Permit Reg
Seaside Concerts Get Underway

Despite the protests of the surrounding community, the annual Seaside Concert Series at Asser Levy Park gets underway tonight with a performance by Neil Sedaka and Brenda Lee.

On Monday, the mayor was expected to sign into law a bill that would legalize the amplified music coming from Markowitz’s “Seaside Summer Concert Series.” But before Hizzoner sat down with his pen, he was persuaded to review the law by dozens of protesters who had gathered at City Hall.

“We’re not going to stop the concert, but they will not have another one” if it’s too noisy, Bloomberg said, though he did go ahead and sign the bill on Tuesday, two days before Markowitz’s season opener with Neil Sedaka on July 15.

The law, hastily drafted at the behest of Bloomberg and Markowitz to overturn a decades-old ban on amplified sound within 500 feet of an active religious institution, would allow the concerts as long as decibel readings in the vicinity do not increase by more than 10 dbs.

He added the bill would “help the city determine whether standards for the issuance of sound permits currently in the law can be made more exact and effective” because the 500-foot standard “was adopted before reliable sound measurement technology was established.