TREASURE ISLAND — City commissioners seem reluctant to allow another drum circle on the beaches.
Despite assurances that the therapeutic drum circle would in no way resemble the well-known Sunday drumming event that now draws hundreds of participants, some commissioners seemed worried that it could generate complaints.
Joel Jadus, owner of Enter the Sun Yoga Alliance, is seeking permission to hold a meditative drumming circle at the Treasure Island Park Pavilion in Sunset Beach for residents of Footprints Beachside Recovery on 107th Avenue.
A group of five to 20 people from the drug and alcohol rehab facility would hold the Wednesday therapy drumming session from 2 to 4 p.m., Jadus said.
But commissioners, who have dealt with persistent noise complaints and arrests at the Sunday night drum circle during the past decade, were leery of approving Jadus' request.
If it is approved, $50 would need to be paid for each event, said commissioners, who also don't want to allow the drum circle to be held more than three times a month.
Commissioner Phil Collins said it wouldn't be fair to others who are charged a fee to use the pavilion for the city not to require payment. Commissioner Alan Bildz suggested that the alliance pay $100 per event.
But the city recreation staff and City Manager Reid Silverboard cautioned commissioners about even allowing a second drum circle.
"There are condos and rentals around there, and we are concerned that the drumming will be disturbing," Silverboard said. "We are concerned about starting a second location, that other people might think they can do it, too."
Jadus assured commissioners that the drum circle would be controlled by a Footprints staff member and is recognized as an alternative medicine that's beneficial for people in recovery.
"Studies have shown that drumming increases patients' sense of openness, belonging, sharing, closeness, connectedness and intimacy," Jadus said. "It not only facilitates access to traumatic memories but also offers a safe and appropriate outlet for rage, allowing clients to regain a sense of self-control."
Commissioner Carol Coward said that if the group can afford to pay $50 per event, the drum circle should be approved.
"Let's let them try it," she said.
Jadus is expected to come back before commissioners this month to address the financial requirement.