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All ears on Welcome to Rockville as city officials test noise levels

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Updated: 4/28/2013 1:07 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A lot is riding on how loud the Welcome to Rockville festival will be this year. Both city employees and sound engineers hired by the concert were out measuring noise levels Saturday after complaints from residents across the St. Johns River.

George Kruer has lived in the South Shores neighborhood for the past 25 years. According to him the thumping of the bass has become the real problem.

"There is no way to escape bass when bass comes in the house you can't. No television, a box fan, nothing will camouflage the bass," said Kruer.

Welcome to Rockville organizers say they are making sure the event doesn't draw to many ears this year.

"We're happy to report we are way under the decibel level that is expected of us for the show and we hope there will be no more problems moving forward," said Aaron Schachter, Programming Director of X102.9.

Jan Miller who lives right behind the St. Johns River on Holmesdale Road disagrees. She says Saturday morning she was awakened by the music.  So, she did some investigating of her own.

"It's not supposed to come over here past 65 decibels. What we were measuring went up to 98. That was the highest we heard so far," said Miller.

According to Councilman Don Redman, city employees will be out all weekend getting readings to try and see just how loud is too loud.

The fight over the noise level started earlier this year, when Redman wanted to ban all ticketed events from Metropolitan Park. Getting the readings is part of the research being done before the issue goes to a vote.

"From that we will determine what a maximum decibel limit should be that people have to live with and hopefully people will be happy with it," said Don Redman, Jacksonville City Councilman.

In the meantime concert organizers say they're doing everything they can to control the noise, including changing the lay out of the park to aim the stages away from the river.

Neighbors like Miller say that is not enough.

"There is another place for this loud stuff but it's not right there," said Miller.

According to Councilman Redman, in the next few weeks they will be monitoring another concert at Metropolitan Park. Once they have all those readings they'll present the findings to the city council.

A vote is not expected until at least the end of May.

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diggydog - 5/3/2013 4:01 PM
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Welcome to Rockville drew people from several states as well as a few foreign countries. I checked in VIP’s from Germany, Finland, New Zealand, and Belgium, among other places. Every downtown hotel was full because of this festival. There were also some prominent owners of professional sports teams and Las Vega hotels who came to town just for this event. The economic impact to Jax needs to be considered as well as the exposure we get. As for Jan Miller (the woman who claimed that she was awakened by the music at 11:30 on Saturday morning), the new media has conveniently forgotten to mention that she was the direct of Citizen for Amphitheater Awareness, Inc. This was the group that sued Jacksonville and spent over $50,000.00 in the 90’s to stop the amphitheater project from moving forward. These people have stated that they are not bothered by the sounds of football games and monster truck jams or Navy flyovers. They just don’t like rock music and some of them think it’s the devil’s music. They want to push their religious views on the rest of Jacksonville. I drove to the St Nicholas neighborhood during the festival and I could not hear the music at all. One of the City Council members emailed me to say he drove to the end of Holmesdale Rd, where Ms. Miller lives, and he “could barely hear the music from the event”. If you care about outdoor music at Me Park there is a City Council meeting on May 14th at 5:00 pm downtown. Please show up and speak. Let them know we will not be stopped by these misguided, backwards-thinking religious zealots whose goal is to censor artistic expression. You can also call or email your council members. Their contact info is at

diggydog - 5/3/2013 4:01 PM
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I checked in VIP's for WTR and people came from several state as well as Germany, Finland, New Zealand, and Belgium. There were alos some well-know sports team and Las Vegas hotel owners who came to Jax just for this event. Jan Miller (the woman who claims she was awakened on Saturday morning), has an agenda that the news media conveniently forgot to mention. She was the director of Citizens for Amphitheater Awareness, Inc. a group that spent over $50,000.00 and sued the city to stop the amphitheater project from moving forward in the 1990's. I drove around the St Nicholas neighborhood during the festival and I avsolutely could not hear the music at all. One of the City Council members emailed me to tell me that he did the same thing and he "could barely hear the music" at the end of Holmesdale Rd, where Jan Miller lives. The people who are complaining are not telling the truth. Nobody's windows were rattling and nobody had to wear ear plugs. These people are very religious and they have said that they don't mind other noise like football games, monster truck jam, etc. so I suspect their opposition is based on the content of the sound rather then the levels. They think rock and roll is the devil's music. Please, if you support outdoor music events at Met Park, show up and speak at the City Council meeting on May 14th. or call and email your city council members. their contact info can be found at

barmf2003 - 4/30/2013 7:38 PM
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Since it is just once a year then the old hags and geisers can invest in ear muffs or ear plugs cause that event brought people from Virginia and Pennsylvania to spend quite a bit of money in Jacksonville

HUSKY - 4/30/2013 1:08 PM
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almteddy - 4/29/2013 1:17 AM
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Its not like welcome to Rockville comes every weekend, I think for once a year they can just deal with a little noise, Rockville brought in a lot of money for the city. I was at Rockville and it was amazing, so please don't let a few of those cry babies ruin it.

Westside37 - 4/28/2013 4:04 PM
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The outdoor concerts are nice and it brings a lot of money to Jax. I was on the river yesterday by boat and did not feel that the musice was to loud. Of coursse I could not make out the songs being sung b/c there where several bands playing at one time. The park does not do concerts every weekend. I think the few times a year that concerts are held that the "neighbors" can adjust. Also what about the Jacksonville Landing? They have summer and spring concert series that go on every weekend. Are they catching heat too?

warpsix - 4/28/2013 1:56 PM
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If the Noise was after 11PM maybe i would Care but we Have a few cars that drive by at 2AM that shake the Foundation of the House .

Gunny48 - 4/28/2013 1:41 PM
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I've got cars driving around my neighborhood shaking houses with their "music". Where's the City on that?!

Peanut Gallery - 4/28/2013 12:17 PM
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So if there are just a few unhappy complainers, the media is going to turn it into a huge scandal... How about you report on all the happy people that went to the festival yesterday and today and talk about the economic boom that it brought to the city.

whosaysnocan - 4/28/2013 7:35 AM
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Oh boo hoo! This venue is a money maker for the city. I would like to know what time it was on Saturday morning that the music woke up that woman. Get a grip folks.
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