The Problem With Late-Night BocceDecatur Metro | April 26, 2009 | 9:30 am
I’m giving this comment its own thread because it’s a great example of the ongoing balancing act required to create and manage a successful city.
Sab writes in…
I wish I could like Leon’s. Unfortunately, I live across from it. Not that long ago, I enjoyed sipping tea on my balcony as the sun set over downtown, and falling asleep with cool breeze in from the open windows. Then Leon’s.
Now, I listen to drunk and exceptionally loud people whistle, scream, and cheer every time they throw a ball at that outside game. I’m sure it’s fun, and it looks like a hip, interesting place. But it is SOOOO loud, and it’s open until 1am every single weeknight. I try and try to just ignore it, and tell myself I should just get used to the sounds of people having a good time. But while loud conversation from an outside-seating restaurant can fade into background noise, the sudden screams and hoots from the game played outside are too sporadic. It’s like having a sporting event with drunk college kids going on outside your bedroom window every single night until 1. I had to buy earplugs, and I am not exaggerating when I say it might just cause me to move.
Only in Decatur. Where else in Georgia are people being kept up at night by drunken bocce players?!
Ultimately I think its in Sab’s best interest to talk with the owners or if he/she wants, the city, about this issue. I may be wrong, but I think this issue is easily resolved. The folks at Leon’s could just take the bocce balls in at 10pm. Its not like people come to Leon’s purely for some late night bocce action.