The co-owner of Naukabout Beer Company, Peter Murner, came before the Mashpee Selectmen on Monday, September 9, for a review of the brewery’s outdoor entertainment license after a 30-day trial period.
“I am aware of no complaints, no issues,” said the chairman of the board of selectmen, Andrew R. Gottlieb.
With no complaints during its trial period, the license—which allows Naukabout to amplify singers and instruments outdoors between noon and 8 PM in the summer and from noon to 6 PM in the winter—will be allowed to continue.
Mr. Gottlieb, the only selectman to have voted against granting the trial-period license in June, commended the beer company’s handling of the license.
“I appreciate the fact that you did it well and did it right,” he said, “I was wrong about opposing it.”
In June, the board had voiced concerns that outdoor music at the brewery, located near the edge of the Mashpee-Wakeby Pond, could carry easily over the water and disturb residential neighbors.
Other Mashpee businesses have faced problems with outdoor music in the past. Dino’s Sports Bar and The Lanes Bowl & Bistro each tried to have outdoor music two summers ago.
Outdoor music at The Lanes was shut down after residents in the Windchimes development across the rotary complained about the noise.
At Dino’s, selectmen put an end to outdoor music even after the sports bar installed noise mitigation tools such as walls and special speakers. Selectmen had attempted to work with the business—even using decibel meters to listen to the bands from neighbors’ backyards—before shutting down the music.
Town Manager Rodney Collins praised Mr. Murner for his communication with the town through the licensing and trial process.
“Peter has been a real pleasure to work with,” Mr. Collins said.
“All the communication is very productive,” he said. “It just goes to show it can work.”
Mr. Murner thanked the board for granting the trial and license.
“We’re going to be here for a long time. We’re here to be part of the community,” he said. “Cheers, guys.”