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A new law in Dewey Beach requires musicians to purchase a business license to perform in local bars and others venues.
Bryan Russo
A new law in Dewey Beach requires musicians to purchase a business license to perform in local bars and others venues.

Two new laws in a Dewey Beach, a popular Delaware resort, have musicians and bar owners up in arms. One law requires musicians to purchase a business license before plugging in, while the other requires bar owners to turn the volume down.

Some say Dewey Beach is a mile long party zone during summers in coastal Delaware, but apparently not everyone is being entertained by all the live entertainment.

Angry residents, who were fed up with the noise ricocheting off the bay from waterfront clubs and rattling their homes, urged the town council to pass a new law on noise. Local leaders obliged, and passed a law, lowering the allowable decibels in Dewey Beach to 70 during the day, and 60 after 10 p.m., which is about the decibel level of a normal conversation.

In addition, musicians and DJ's who are booked in Dewey, whether full band or solo, must now purchase a $109 business license to play in the resort or face a $500 fine.

Town officials say it's a matter of fairness and quality of life for everyone in Dewey, while business owners believe the noise law will drastically hurt their business.

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