Crescent Beach Club noise rattles Bayville residents; officials seek solution
A Bayville beachfront club is drawing loud parties -- and ire from its neighbors.
The Crescent Beach Club has long been a source of complaints, village Mayor Paul Rupp said, but people living in its shadow say that amplified music outdoors, fireworks and beach parties have become unbearable in the past year and a half.
"It's significantly impacting the quality of life of the residents," Rupp said.
Complaints about loud music from beach clubs and restaurants are ubiquitous on Long Island during the summer. Communities from Freeport to Amityville and east to Montauk have struggled with how to keep summer businesses running while addressing residents' complaints about loud music and bar-based noise.
Rupp said he's spoken with the Crescent Beach Club's general manager, Matthew Silver, and is trying to meet this week with owner James Scoroposki.
"He's trying to make the business grow . . . but he's got to live within the boundaries that were set back in 1990," Rupp said of the club's owner.
One of those rules, set by the village zoning board of appeals, was a prohibition against outdoor music, Rupp said.
For his part, Scoroposki said he wants to find a solution.
"I've heard the complaints," Scoroposki said. "We've been there for 23 years, and we've been a good neighbor for 23 years, and I'm sure we can figure out a solution that works for everybody."
Neighbors are clamoring for village officials to take action.
"I can't live like this," said Bob Linley, 60, who said he is semiretired from the shipping business. He lives on Ships Lane, adjacent to the club. "We can't invite friends over for barbecues on Saturdays anymore," Linley said.
The Crescent Beach Club is a 28,215-square-foot building built in 1992 on 2.7 acres of beachfront on Bayville Avenue, property records show.
Picturesque views of Long Island Sound have brought in weddings, corporate events and bar mitzvahs. According to its website, it's been featured in movies and television programs including Martin Scorsese film "The Wolf of Wall Street" and "Royal Pains."
Rupp said he wants Scoroposki to "succeed and not close up like every other business in Bayville," but also "not to impact the quality of life of the residents."
The village doesn't have a code officer who could ticket the club for violations. Rupp said the village has plans to hire one.
Rupp said a compromise could be allowing outdoor music to play until 8 or 8:30 p.m. Recent events with live music were to go as late as 11 p.m., according to the club website.
Rupp said he hopes to have a solution by the Aug. 25 board meeting.
Several residents at last week's village board meeting called on officials to crack down on the club.
Artie Stein, 69, a deli owner who lives on East Shore Drive, told the village board that when he's called the police because of the loud music, the club turns it down, but not for long.