Concert ban on popular campground lifted for one day

Updated: 08/09/2014 11:21 PM
Created: 08/09/2014 5:45 PM WHEC.com

In May, the Frost Ridge Campground in Le Roy was served a temporary ban for all outdoor amplified concerts while the campground waited to settle two lawsuits. That ban was lifted by a judge for one day only on Saturday to allow a 4 p.m. outdoor concert.

One of the lawsuits from earlier this year came from the Town of Le Roy, the other came from neighbors. Both targeted Frost Ridge, saying its summer concerts violated the town's zoning code. Many complaints came from neighbors claiming the music was too loud and disruptive.

One of the owners of the campground, David Luetticke-Archbell, says it's been a long road to get to this day, but he's excited to show everyone a good time.

"If you look around you'll see a lot of smiling faces, happy people enjoying themselves. The little kids and the grandparents and everybody sitting together or using the jumpy house or playing football in the back of the field while there's a concert going on. Where can you do that? This is that place," Luetticke-Archbell said.

The campground's owners are hopeful that Saturday's concert won't be its last, but the neighbors who filed the lawsuit want the opposite.

"We can hear it from here. One of our big concerns has been, not just the noise, but you can feel the vibration of the bass all day," said Betsy Collins. "That's why we're here. We like the peace and quiet. So it's been frustrating, but we're hoping that once it works its way through the legal process that we'll have the outcome that we want."

Collins, who lives near Frost Ridge, says the concerts ruin the natural appeal of the area. Luetticke-Archbell disagrees.

"Some of the allegations were of windows shaking and dishes on tables moving and such. The campers who are sitting right out here and have walls that are that thick, it didn't happen there," said Luetticke-Archbell.

The court would only allow Saturday's concert if the sheriff's office monitored the noise.

"I'm making sure the noise levels do not exceed 100 decibels at this particular intersection per the order, and I'm finding that they are well within compliance of that right now," said Deputy Christopher Erion.

Ken Riber, who was enjoying Saturday's concert, said, "Nobody really understands what the whole problem is with the place, because they've done nothing but increase revenue for the county, the town, and all that for Le Roy. And all of a sudden they want to shut them down."

A decision on the fate of Frost Ridge Campgrounds could come later this month. A judge will decide on whether or not to allow concerts in the future.

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