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SLO City Council approves The Rock, again

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Live music fans, concerned residents, and the SLO City Council experienced a bit of déjà vu on May 3 when the council reheard staff report and public testimony two weeks after hearing it the first time.

City staff discovered they failed to notice the project’s neighbors before the April 19 meeting where the council approved live music and events at The Rock, which will be part of SLO Brewing Company’s facility on Aerovista Place by the airport. In addition to hosting live music and private events like weddings on the weekends, the company will have a brewery, distillery, and bar and restaurant.

On May 3, the council voted 4-1 to approve the plans that they had already approved, which limits live music at the venue to Friday evenings after 7:30 p.m. and on Saturdays and Sundays. All music must end by 11 p.m. The venue must have all doors and windows closed during concerts, and must limit outdoor music on their patio to ambient music.

Those conditions come in part as a response to concerns from neighboring residents, who worried that the concerts would bring noise and traffic impacts to their neighborhoods. Supporters of The Rock pointed out that those neighborhoods are already near the airport and the train tracks, and that any noise generated from the music venue would be less of an impact than the sounds generated from planes and trains.

-- Melody DeMeritt - former city council member, Morro Bay

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