Remind me. 

Back in late June, the city council of Hermosa Beach held a public hearing to determine whether CrossFit Horsepower was deemed a public nuisance due to noise complaints from neighbors. The council was unable to hold a vote so they pressed paused and picked it back up on Tuesday night where they voted and it didn’t turn out well for CrossFit Horsepower.

The ruling.

The city council voted 3-0 to deem Horsepower a public nuisance, saying that neighbors and residents had been “greatly and adversely affected” by music, use of sidewalks for exercise and dropping of weights.

So what does all this mean?

It means Horsepower has to abide by some pretty harsh regulations, which appears to serve a not to subtle motive of getting the business shut down altogether.

“Music or any audio must not be audible outside the business; no public streets or sidewalks can be used as part of class or routine; they cannot be open on Sundays; windows and doors must be closed at all hours of operation; and the use of free weights must be confined to the east side of the business with additional padding or measures installed to minimize vibrations until permanent soundproofing is installed.”

Walking on egg shells…

More like broken glass. Horsepower has only 90 days to remedy the situation otherwise “the gym will be forced permanently to cut their business hours [to 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.] and to eliminate free weights, including dumbbells, barbells and kettle bells.”

Essentially a death sentence by regulatory fiat.

Why this matters.

Affiliate owners beware. Precedent setting actions like this can affect your city and your business so don’t just roll your eyes the next time a noise complaint comes your way.


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