Hearing Feedback On Noise Ordinance

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By: Garin Flowers
October 28, 2013

Tallahassee, FL - As of last year, blasting loud music could cause a warning or even a citation, until the law was struck down by the Florida Supreme Court. Enter the City of Tallahassee, working on its own noise ordinance.

Tonight's meeting was one of several held by the city. Residents again showed big concerns, saying they don't think the ordinance will do enough to cap loud noise.

"At my age I like to sleep at night."

Tallahassee resident Sam Hand prefers living in peace and quiet...he feels his serene environment could soon change with a new outdoor amphitheater and a proposed noise ordinance that he says isn't strict enough.

Sam Hand: "It doesn't make me feel very secure, living in a neighborhood that's gonna become a party center for midtown."

City of Tallahassee workers held a open house forum Monday on their proposed noise ordinance. They want residents to provide as much feedback as possible.

Carrie Poole: "That's the goal here to find that balance between peaceful neighborhoods and vibrant city life."

Tallahassee police also attended the forum, and say there is nothing restricting loud noise, ever since the Florida Supreme Court struck down a noise law last in 2012. However, they are using a machine to test decibel levels.

Derek Friend, Tallahassee Police Department: "Nobody's in violation of anything, but it's to get an idea of what types of volumes of noise were seeing."

As the city continues to craft its ordinance, residents like Hand hope to raise a little noise and make a difference.

"I'm very sensitive to what might affect adversely the quality of life in our community. We have a lot of seniors and we've got a third generation of young people raising families in there."

The city will continue to hear feedback from the community until it's presented to the city commission late this year or early next year.

By: Elizabeth Nickerson
October 27, 2013

Tallahassee, FL - Jacob Webster is the father of an elementary school student in Tallahassee. He says the loud music outside his home on Blountstown Highway keeps him and his son up at night.

"About every night people go by and you can hear every last lyric in their music just blaring as loud as they can," said Jacob Webster, a resident in Tallahassee.

City officials are thinking of doing something about it. City leaders will have a forum open to the public on Monday at the Women's Club at 6 p.m. about the proposed noise ordinance to satisfy both sides of the issue.

"People have events at night and those people are going out till midnight, and if you have a sound ordinance its going to hurt the businesses a lot," said Caroline Crow, a resident near the downtown area in Tallahassee.

Events like 'Downtown Get Down' and restaurants that close late are above condos. People around that area say the music needs to stop at a certain hour or a fine should be issued.

"This will help the situation because people that do that will get fined like they should for disturbing the peace in residential neighborhoods," said Julie Tinnell, a resident in Tallahassee.

Webster says the ordinance is a good start to end the inconvenience.

"Their should be a curfew to where they should be told to turn the music down or face a possible fine," said Webster.

The forum will be at the Women's Club of Tallahassee Monday at 6 p.m. The town hall meeting is open to the public. The city leaders will not make an immediate decision on the proposed ordinance until the end of the year.

By: James Buechele
October 24, 2013

Tallahassee, FL - If you live in Tallahassee, you will soon get a chance to sound off on a new noise ordinance.

The city will host a town hall meeting at the women's club of Tallahassee on Monday at 6:00 p.m. Certain areas of Tallahassee will allow louder noise including the strip, portions of College Avenue as well as Cascades Park.

Officials at the meeting will use decibel readers to show how loud certain areas are allowed to be.

"This is an urban environment where a city that has a lot of activities but we also respect people's rights to live in their neighborhood and have peace quiet," said spokesperson Michelle Bono. "So we're trying to find the right balance and that's really what this ordinance is about."

After Monday's meeting, the city commission could vote on the ordinance sometime before the end of the year.

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