In recent months, two weekend events at the The Haute Spot in Cedar Park resulted in 36 noise complaint calls to the Cedar Park Police Department. While Tom Spano, Haute Spot’s CEO, issued a statement disavowing responsibility for the events and minimizing the extent of the complaints to “a few neighbors” negatively impacted, more than a few neighbors are bothered by the booming bass pervading their homes.
In addition to dozens of calls to police, many neighbors take to social media platforms like Nextdoor and Facebook to voice their concerns. In the words of one neighbor to the venue, Nextdoor “lights up” whenever they have an event. This comment on Facebook, in response to a story cataloging several social media complaints the Haute Spot’s latest event drew is exemplary of neighbors’ concerns:
“Some people don’t understand how loud it truly is. I love music and I 100% want people to have jobs during this time… The bass literally shakes our whole house. Our windows and doors were shaking last night. I could hear it word for word inside with my child’s sound machine on. So trying to put kids to sleep is a nightmare. They honestly just need to turn it down a tad. We shouldn’t have to hear it inside our houses.”
Despite the irritation that neighbors expressed, “there were no citations or warnings issued,” according to Alicia Inns, the Cedar Park Police Department’s Media and Communications Specialist.