Sullivan’s Island, near Charleston, has approved an ordinance that calls for no singing, whistling, hooting, or hollering. “It’s basically an amendment to a noise ordinance. It gives the police department a little greater ability to control noise on Sullivan’s Island,” says Town Administrator Andy Benke.
Benke says town officials have to look out for the interest of the residents, first.
“It’s first and foremost a residential community. So, part of our responsibility is to protect the quiet repose of the neighborhood. If someone is singing to the top of their lungs at 2 o’clock in the morning, it gives the officer a means to deal with it,” says Benke.
As for what prompted the proposal: “I don’t think there’s any one thing in particular. Noise is noise, whether it occurs in the middle of the day or the middle of the night. The important thing to understand about Sullivan’s Island is that it is first and foremost a residential community, so the language gives the police officers or police chief a little more detail in the ordinance,” says Benke.
Sullivan’s Island Town Council just approved the ordinance for its third reading. Final approval could be reached next month.