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New city ordinance aims to turn down the music at Metro Park

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Updated: 11/25/2013 11:57 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The years-long debate about whether noise limits should be imposed on events at Metropolitan Park could soon be over.

A proposed new ordinance aims to define how loud is too loud for concert events at the downtown amphitheater. But concert promoters say the bill would only drive away big acts that pump millions of dollars into the city.

Jake "Tank" Mitchell is an on-air personality for X102.9; his radio station sponsors two ticketed events per year at Metro Park. He said the fight over noise levels has been going on for the past three years.

"We've been fighting so hard to keep this thing alive because of what it does for the city," said Mitchell.

But after complaints from people who live across the river in the St. Nicholas and South Shores neighborhoods flooded Councilman Don Redman's office, a committee put together a solution that aims to set noise limits.

"The noise level was not beyond what it should be, but the bass was the problem," said Redman.

The bill also includes a penalty system. If it's approved event organizers would need to give the city a $10,000 deposit.

If the event doesn't violate the ordinance they'll be reimbursed. But on the second warning, they'll be fined $1,000, then $3,000 for each violation after that.

"After five warnings we'll pull the plug on the event," said Redman.

Mitchell said the changes would make it next to impossible to entice any big act to perform in the River City.

"My biggest fear is that the city loses the show, but not just the show but Welcome to Rockville and who knows what becomes of Metro Park at that point," said Mitchell.

Redman said he expects some negotiations to take place regarding the penalty phase of the bill. The city council is expected to put the proposed ordinance to a vote Tuesday at 5 p.m.

Concert promoters for Welcome to Rockville said the dates for next year's event have already been booked but the location is still unknown.

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ruthie77rules - 11/26/2013 10:17 AM
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The city will do a double take when they see a decrease in tax revenue when these events are eliminated. The city, if they had smart business types running things, would look for ways to bring more shows which last for a few days each and would really bring in the much needed tax dollars. Khan, Mayor Brown, why don't you all help and explain to these small minded individuals how to improve a city and it's tax base!

whosaysnocan - 11/26/2013 10:16 AM
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This is just a good way for this city to lose good concerts. Shame on you people that complain. I suppose you complain when the Navy is flying during training. The sound of freedom folks. And the loud music~thumping bass~is one of those. It is not like it happens every day or week end. Surly you can "endure" it a few times a year. What a shame.
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