SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KCAU) – Planning for an upcoming downtown celebration leads to a shouting match at Monday’s Sioux City city council meeting.
Club Riviera owner David DeLeon and nearby property owners including Frank Wellenstein engaging in a heated argument after council members agreed to allow outside music until 11 pm at an upcoming Cinco de Mayo festival.
Wellenstein and other neighbors were asking the council to limit outside noise beginning at 10 pm during the May 4 event.
“They’re worried about their property value. Before we even moved into the club, they’re posting stuff on their Facebook to tell residents the police for a noise complaint before we even opened,” said DeLeon.
“We’ve seen this and consulted with him to help him find a better spot for it cause it’s a great business, it’s a great idea, this is a great event that’s coming up. We support him as a business owner. We just wish that it was located in a location that wasn’t affecting residents,” added Wellenstein.
City ordinance currently allows excessive outside noise until one in the morning. This isn’t the first time neighbors have complained about loud music coming from the club. DeLeon has previously appeared before the council.
“You know, they own the bar. They should be able to run their bar as they see fit reasonably and that when it comes to the noise ordinance when you can have an ordinance till 1 o’clock and you’re surrounded by neighbors and you’re surrounded by people that don’t appreciate the noise at 1 o’clock which I totally understand,” said council member Rhonda Capron.
A one block stretch of 4th Street between Jackson and Jones Streets will be closed off on May 4th for the Cinco de Mayo festival.