The tropical, waterfront setting of Guanabanas restaurant on Florida’s southeast coast invites guests to pull up and dock their boat or arrive by more traditional means, and settle in for a meal, a drink and most nights, live music. but the acoustics were causing a problem in paradise, as sound from the live music, amplified by the stage’s proximity to the water, was rising to decibel levels above Palm Beach county ordinance limits.
Guanabanas’ sound engineer Matt Cahur worked with acoustical consultants at Acoustiblok, Inc. in Tampa, to determine the best approach for reducing noise from the outdoor stage during live performances without detracting from the restaurant’s lush, tropical setting complete with tiki huts and a large customized chickee hut bar, giving the property a definitive Caribbean flavor.
Guanabanas utilizes a wide variety of Florida’s lush tropical vegetation and woods for all of its decor. The stage, tables, chairs, fencing and all wooden structures are made of Florida pine and bamboo. The property itself is generously landscaped with palms, ferns, bromeliads, gladiolus and a variety of additional native flora.
The challenge was to find an effective sound barrier that would meet, or even surpass local noise ordinance limits without interfering with the meticulously designed property.
“We’ve tried a lot of different noise abatement solutions to stop the noise bleed form our property during the live performances, but nothing worked,” Cahur said.
“We have been searching for the right product that will not only address the sound issue, which exacerbated because of the sound reflecting off the water, but one that we can conceal within decor. AcoustiFence met every single requirement, from a technical, structural, sound and design perspective.