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Compromise delays vote on Metro Park noise ordinance

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Updated: 11/26/2013 8:18 pm

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A vote on a proposed Metro Park noise ordinance has been delayed as council members mull changes to the bill. Some members wanted more time to look at proposed changes to the legislation.

The changes were unveiled at a subcommittee meeting Tuesday afternoon. One key change removes a section of the bill allowing the city to "pull the plug" mid-concert if too many noise violations were recorded. Another change removes a provision requiring a $10,000 upfront payment to offset any potential fines.

Promoters said the city would have lost millions in revenue if the noise issue wasn't settled.

"Candidly, people talk us about looking for other venues or leaving the city as a threat, it's not a threat, it's a business reality," said Mike Yokan, a co-promoter of the "Welcome to Rockville" event. "We've been looking for alternative venues ever since this issue got raised earlier this year."

The new legislation also sets an across-the-board 105 decibel limit at the soundboard for concerts. People who live across the river from the park said the decibel level is more than than what they wanted, but other changes make the compromise acceptable.

"What has changed, is that they've reoriented the stage so the stages don't face the river and that helped dramatically," said Ginny Myrick, who supports the limits.

The council will vote on the legislation next month. It would be in effect until September 2014, which would give all parties an opportunity to find a long-term solution to the issue.

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