By Richard Mundy
For Hometown News
In a popular vote, the Ormond Beach City Commissioners unanimously approved an ordinance allowing the sale of alcoholic beverages from 7 a.m. to 2 a.m. each day, eliminating a prohibition on Sunday morning alcohol sales.
Commissioner Troy Kent first raised the issue after complaints from a number of Ormond Beach restaurants and grocery stores that customers were leaving and going a short distance to make such purchases.
Before the vote on a motion by Commissioner Kent, Mayor Ed Kelley said that after a Sunday church service, "a couple came up to me and said they wanted to go to Bone Fish Grill for lunch and had (the ordinance) been passed yet. I said, no, you'll have to wait a couple of weeks."
Commissioner Kent said, "I think you've hit the nail on the head. We're going to help keep business in Ormond Beach, and this is long overdue."
However, the majority of comments from citizens and commissioners in the meeting was on a resolution allowing Dimitri's Bar Deck & Grill to offer live music on a third floor deck.
Ormond Beach Planning Director Ric Goss said, "We went out on Aug. 26 to do a noise assessment test and took two readings. One was a baseline without music to gather (the level of) all the common noise, and then we took a second reading with the music."
The accepted noise level by code is from 60 to 65 decibels, depending on the time of day or night. The levels obtained were in keeping with code limitations. The Planning Board recommended approving the resolution on a 6-1 vote, Mr. Goss said.
Local resident David Lannum spoke against the resolution on the basis of suitability. "The proximity of this particular restaurant to residential is not insignificant," he said.
Local resident Joan Fox also was concerned about the noise. She said she was at the testing and "it started at 63 and ranged to 69 (decibels), and that was with one person playing and it was a slow, quiet song."
Local resident Theon Wilkinson objected to the music. "Originally the deck was approved as an observation deck ... there was no music allowed," he said.
Dimitri Bourtzakis, the owner of the business at 790 S. Atlantic Ave. thanked his neighbors for their input.
"I don't want to do live music with rock and roll bands upstairs. I want to do light jazz," he said. "When trucks come by on A1A, there's a tunnel effect between my restaurant and Pepper's restaurant ... and it amplifies the noise back into the neighborhood. I want to continue to have wonderful, beautiful neighbors."
Vice Mayor Bill Partington wanted to continue the issue to another meeting and do another sound test.
But the resolution was approved 4-1 after it was noted that after a second infraction of the noise ordinance, the privilege would be ended immediately.
The commissioners, acting as the Community Redevelopment Agency, authorized a building improvement grant to Tomblin Holdings LLC for a building at 194 E. Granada Blvd.
"The work that's to be done is a complete fašade renovation," Planning Director Goss said. "He's also replacing a non-conforming sign with a monument sign."
Tomblin Holdings could get as much as a $50,000 grant for improvements to the building, which houses a Raymond James Financial office.
Also, the commission also agreed to annex several properties already getting city utility services.
"We took in some right-of way to ensure fire department and also the police to resolve some issues there," Mr. Goss aid.
The properties included the 260-unit San Marco Apartments at 290 Williamson Blvd., Gardens Business Center, Albano Enterprises, Aryana Development, Legacy Gator Golf and Stor-It Self-Storage.