“Don’t Stop the Party,” Just Keep Party Boats at Bay: Town Proposal Would Prevent Noisy Commercial Boats From Anchoring Near Coastal Homes

Responding to owners of homes on area bays, Hempstead Town Supervisor Anthony J. Santino, Councilman Bruce Blakeman and Councilman Anthony D’Esposito have announced a proposal to combat excessive noise from commercial vessels, particularly “party boats,” that are creating a racket for those who live in homes near the water.  The local legislation would prohibit commercial vessels from stopping or anchoring within 100 yards of a residence within Hempstead Town.

“The renowned rapper Pitbull exclaims in one of his songs, ‘don’t stop the party,’” said Santino.  “When it comes to local ‘party boats,’ we don’t want to stop the party, we just want to move it further from homes near the water so neighbors can get some sleep at night.”

The officials explained that commercial boats, including “party boats,” anchor close to shore, “blasting” loud music at all hours of the evening.  These vessels have elicited complaints from residents on Hempstead Town’s barrier island and mainland coastal communities.  From Atlantic Beach and the Five Towns to Point Lookout and Freeport, homeowners along the water are “losing sleep” due to loud “party boats,” group fishing boats and other commercial vessels that create excessive noise.

 “This is common sense legislation that can make it easier for party boats and area residents to coexist peacefully,” stated Blakeman.  “We’re not looking to hurt the commercial boaters, we’re just asking them to be good neighbors by anchoring a little further away from homes.”

The proposed law, which will be considered by the Town Board on Tuesday, August 2, 2016, would require that commercial marine vessels having a capacity of more than 20 persons not stop or anchor within 100 yards of a residence.  The types of boats affected include sightseeing boats, party boats, fishing boats and similar vessels.  Violations of the proposed law would carry a $500 fine.

“We are talking about preserving the local quality of life for area homeowners,” said D’Esposito.  “Commercial boaters and homeowners can live in harmony with this proposed law.” 

The Supervisor noted that he has received numerous complaints from homeowners who live near the water, and he and the two Councilmembers worked together to develop a sensible solution.

“Hempstead Town does not want to stop the party when it comes to party boats in our area…we just want to move it a little further away from local homes,” concluded Santino.  “We have great waterways, a vibrant commercial boating industry and homeowners who live near the shore.  The key is ensuring that we can all get along together and respect one another when it comes to noise on the waterways that disturb our residents.”