Holmes Beach ordinance bans music on Sundays at City Field; Arts & Crafts Show affected

HOLMES BEACH -- A two-day outdoor Arts and Crafts Show takes place Nov. 8-9 at Holmes Beach City Field.

As part of the eighth annual artsHOP weekend, the event features art vendors and live music from Patchouli, a duo of Julie Patchouli and master guitarist Bruce Hecksel.

Just one little problem: No music is allowed on that Sunday -- or any Sunday -- because of an ordinance passed in August covering Holmes Beach City Field, 5801 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.

Ordinance 14-21 states "the use of loud speakers, amplification, musical performances, and the like shall be prohibited on the City Field on Sundays."

On Aug. 26, four commissioners voted to pass the ordinance with Commissioner Jean Peelen absent. The ordinance was passed after concerns were expressed by nearby residents about traffic, noise and crowds at the field.

Nancy Ambrose, one of the organizers of the event benefitting the Anna Maria Island Butterfly Park, said she found out about the new restriction Monday while redoing paperwork for the event. She said she was aware of discussion surrounding City Field uses, but didn't know about the music ban on Sundays.

"It's going to affect a lot of events -- Winterfest is a big one on the island and there's one that's only on Sundays," she said. "I totally understand if it's loud music ... ours is an acoustic guitar and two singer-songwriters."

Ambrose said she plans to seek a variance from the Holmes Beach City Commission to allow the music act to perform Nov. 9. If permission is granted, Ambrose promises there won't be any amplification.

"It will just be them playing their guitar," she said. "I don't think anybody would even hear them from the houses (nearby)."

Commissioner Marvin Grossman said the commission was trying to provide relief through the ordinance to those who live near City Field.

"Last March they had five events every weekend -- there was no real control over it," he said. "We figured we had to do something for them."

Amaris Castillo, law enforcement/island reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7051. Follow her on Twitter@AmarisCastillo.