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Of course on that coast, quiet is a relative term where ever you go. Here on Mallorca, only about 10% of the island ever sees a tourist, but in that 10% this year the police are now carrying noise measuring devices and writing tickets. It is interesting how things get out of balance. For example in Palma, one would expect the Plaça Major to have a lot of noise, and it does, and those living on the 4-5 floors overlooking the plaça considered that a part of living there. However a few years back, the city government permitted a series of rock concerts to be broadcast from there. This started a little war. When the city did not listen to the neighbors, the neighbors organized, opened all their windows, and jacked up the volume on their TVs, stereos, etc.so that the broadcasters had too much "ambient" noise, so the show failed, and they tried to recoup their expenses from the city, and failed. After all is a public place is allowed to have high volumne, why can´t the people in their own houses, as long as their neighbors don´t object. The compromise was equally horrible, in that the new reg did not allow buskers to have any amplification at all. So the restaurants started losing money without the free entertainment.

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