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Sound issue could put kink in Mardi Gras Boardwalk

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Could a sound issue stand in the way of progress on the Lake Charles lakefront?

The City of Lake Charles is set to enter into a final agreement to sell the old Harrah's property to company, Mardi Gras Boardwalk, on Feb. 20.

However, a request by Mardi Gras Boardwalk to be able to exceed the city's 90-decibel sound ordinance could put a kink in the development moving forward.

Mardi Gras Boardwalk wants to buy the property for $4.4 million and build a proposed $46 million mixed-use development which includes a large, outside entertainment amphitheater for concerts and events. 

City officials recently tested the sound on-site and received lots of complaints from residents in north Lake Charles and along River Road.

Councilman Marshall Simien is requesting a professional sound study be commissioned with the deal with Mardi Gras Boardwalk contingent on the results.

"I think if we are talking about creating an entertainment district on the lakefront then I think one of the things we need to get ahead of is what sound is going to do and what it is going to do in that area," Simien said.

"We've told Mardi Gras Boardwalk they have to fix it themselves. See, that means they have to go by our ordinance and our ordinance isn't just 90-decibels ... It's 90-decibels or if it's legible - it's too loud," said Dana Carl Jackson, council member.

If the sound issue is not resolved by Feb. 20 the agreement to sell the old Harrah's property could be deferred to a later date.

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