The Governor has signed the "Noise Pollution Act" to require that bars and taverns in the Territory be soundproofed. As Mayor Daley once said when asked about something he thought was preposterous, "Just say, I smiled."
"The legislation leaves too much discretion in the hands of the agents charged with investigating and enforcing alleged violations of the law," he said. In other words, you can only hope the investigating police officer is having a good night and doesn’t think tourists are having too good a time.
The Act’s focus on noise "may have a harmful impact on some of our cultural traditions" deJongh added. Also, soundproofing open-air spots like the Beach Bar or Island Blues could, the Governor indicated, "adversely affect our tourism product."
And what do you do about Woody’s? Put all those people inside? Just say, I would smile.