By: Charlene Cristobal
August 5, 2014
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- For the past few months, Eyewitness News has been following the issue of noisy businesses and the neighborhoods around them. After making complaints, the City, the community and businesses have decided to take action and banded together to find a resolution for the loud problem.
"A couple of years ago, [the courts], made the decision that the ordinances we were using at the time could not be used to regulate noise," says Michelle Bono with the City of Tallahassee. "So, we've had to go through a process of saying, 'Ok, what's going to be the best way to do this.'"
That's where "The Sound Ordinance Advisory Group" comes in. It includes neighborhood leaders, representatives from local colleges and Universities and business owners, like Adam Corey, who owns 101 Restaurant, downtown.
"I purchased 101 because the former owner had a noise issue, that we have since mitigated and fixed," he said. "So, I do have a very deep understanding of the effects of noise and how it effects the neighbors in the community."
"What we're looking at is what are the kinds of regulations we should have in place in Tallahassee," said Michelle. "That is the right balance between allowing people to have to live in an urban environment, but also respecting the rights of business and residents who prefer to have reasonable silence around their home."