I know a lot about Calhoun Street. I live there, I work there and I love it. I don't want to see it ruined by loud, amplified music from neighboring businesses. Amending the noise ordinance will not stifle development. It will make us better neighbors within our mixed-use space.
Acceptable volume levels for any business are those contained inside their structure or within their outdoor space. If music and entertainment are performed outdoors, the sound needs to be confined to their property boundaries. The Bluffton Police didn't have much luck controlling noise issues with the decibel meter. Then, Town Council changed the noise ordinance in 2008.
A better solution would be to limit outdoor performances to unamplified sound except by special event permits. Police enforcement becomes simple. Up and down the street, patrons can still enjoy live music, just not loud music. Residents and other establishments can enjoy their premises any time of day without being bombarded by amplified sound. I want business to continue to boom on Calhoun Street, just not inside my house.