Noise ordinances are nothing new, most cities and towns have some form of them. It’s the reason why any outdoor show you attend in Charlotte has to be over by 11 pm. (And if it’s not you can trust someone is paying a HUGE fine). City leaders in North Myrtle Beach just approved a new noise ordinance that puts a ban on ‘vulgar music’.
The change came after city leaders had received complaints regarding loud and inappropriate music being played on the city’s Main Street. NMB prides itself on being a family-friendly vacation destination and determined that this reputation was not consistent with the music. In an article by local news outlet WPDE the city felt that they were “subjecting non-consenting adults and children to obscene, vulgar or profane lyrics is inconsistent with the city’s identity as a family oriented location.” The vote on the North Myrtle Beach ordinance to ban vulgar music was unanimous.
Music that has “obscene, vulgar, or profane lyrics cannot be played above 30 decibels from 7:01 a.m. to 10:59 p.m. and 50 decibels from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m.” It will be up to law enforcement to ensure that the music is not played. Music or other noise that does not fall into the description of vulgar is limited to 60 decibels from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. and 80 decibels from 7:01 a.m. to 10:59 p.m.
There has been concern that some people were concerned it might impact long-term residents or that content some deme as offensive and vulgar could be protected constitutional rights.