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PDC visitors, residents requesting noise control

Playa del Carmen, Q.R. – Residents of centralized condominiums in Playa del Carmen are requesting noise regulations be implemented and imposed by city officials.

The complaints have been ongoing for more than a year, with residents saying that areas such as CTM along the beach are excessively loud when events such as electronic music festivals take place. Some residents have reportedly recorded noise of up to 110 decibels.

However, residents are not the only people who have taken notice of the uncontrolled high volumes. Visitors to the area have also made complaints about excessive late night vibes arriving from beach club music festivals as well as Fifth Avenue in general.

While social media platforms are riddled with locals complaining of the lack of noise control, Tripadvisor also has comments from previous visitors.

“Our trip last week was ruined by the total lack of management of the beachfront clubs and music festivals blasting sound being forced upon most of the Playa del Carmen beach. Gigantic bass speakers at Mamacita pounded all day long, disturbing us more than a quarter mile away at our small hotel…the giant stage built at the beach was so loud our room vibrated. I am so disappointed that a community like Playa del Carmen would make no effort to contain or restrain such noise,” says a 2016 visitor from Illinois whose comment sparked 38 more on the topic.

Frequent Cozumel visitor, Phil Wagner, told Riviera Maya News, “On a calm day or days with a west wind, you can hear the PDC beach clubs in Cozumel. I can’t imagine living in Playa.”

For noise comparison, rainfall comes in at about 50 decibels, while a chainsaw is recorded to be 115. The Official Mexican Standard sets acceptable noise levels at 68 decibels during the day and 65 at night which falls within the normal standard for most North American cities. Solidaridad city officials are apparently looking into strategies to deal with the issue.

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