Dunkirk Lawmakers Rethink Decision Banning Local Car Club

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DUNKIRK – Lawmakers in Dunkirk are rethinking their decision to ban a local car club from holding events in the north county city.

During Tuesday’s Common Council meeting, the group tabled a resolution that would revoke a loudspeaker permit for Unique Car Club’s Point Gratiot car show happening Saturday, August 14.

Earlier this month, the council banned the club from hosting events in Dunkirk following a slew of noise complaints during one of their events.

Dunkirk Police Chief David Ortolano previously said his officers were called to the festival around a half a dozen times, saying the organizer of the event was eventually charged with several counts of violating the city’s noise ordinance.

The Car Club’s organizer Juan Rivera spoke at length with lawmakers during the meeting, apologizing for the previous event that happened at the Chautauqua County fairgrounds.

“If you guys tell me you can do it, but you can’t do this, I’m fine with it,” said Rivera. “They told me last year, when you go to do it you can’t do the loud exhaust, I didn’t do it last year, I didn’t do it this year, because I know if I do it, I’m going to get in trouble.”

Following the discussion, it appears the upcoming show will take place as scheduled. Lawmakers hope that going forward there will be better dialog between the group and the city, to prevent future incidents.


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