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New noise ordinance being considered at Metro Park

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Updated: 9/25/2013 10:16 am
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- There's a new move to fight noise coming from Metropolitan Park. A proposed ordinance will go before the Jacksonville City Council Tuesday night to appease frustrated neighbors in St. Nicholas.

X 102.9's Program Director Aaron Schachter said securing big bands to perform in Jacksonville has become nearly impossible.

"It's almost like the nightmare that won't go away," he said.

The new ordinance is being introduced to City Council outlines restrictions for concerts at Metropolitan Park. Councilman Don Redman is once again leading the charge.

"People were complaining because and it was basically not because of the loudness but the bass that vibrated the windows in their houses," Redman said.

A committee dug into the dilemma and drafted the new proposal. It outlines a curfew and sets sound levels. They are challenges, but all guidelines Schachter said they can work with. It's the unending debate that's actually silencing the speakers for them.

"It's very hard to attract big-name bands who are touring the entire country when we can't tell them what venue we're going to be at," Schachter said.

All promoters can hope now is City Council makes up their mind once and for all. Redman feels confident this solution will satisfy everyone.

"It just shows when everybody works together and willing to try and keep everybody happy, you can do it," he said.

Another option city council is tossing around is moving all major concerts away from Met Park and out to the Equestrian Center.

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G Mayn Frost - 9/26/2013 2:48 AM
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This is pathetic the venue is made for music! You can not dictate how loud a $250,000+ concert can be! What about the people living near the air port or near train tracks? We aren't meeting to close those down or eliminate those noise issues! This is a great venue one that ACTUALLY attracts acts to this city and you want to put limitations on it because Mr & mrs.Wilson have a problem with the vibration once every 3 months?!? #BAPHOONARY

amedeesse - 9/25/2013 2:43 PM
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I understand that to them the noise and bass is an issue, but the shows happen a few times a year, 2 to 4; not everyday all day. Suck it up and move on.

LONNIE32 - 9/25/2013 2:33 PM
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I'm getting sick and tired of St. Nicholas telling the city of Jacksonville what to do because of noise coming from band playing at Met Park. Do they realize that sound can travel across water and they live on the other side of the river it will be loud to them. I guess they don't care if Jacksonville make any money from any concerts might be playing at Met Park and if they do care we would have big name bands come to Jacksonville but we can't have big name bands come here to play at Met Park because of them complainting about the loud music from the bands at Met Park.

hixnbeach - 9/24/2013 5:08 PM
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Why are we not using Met Park for the wonderful Jazzfest we used to have instead of banishing concert-goers to the shadeless curbs and sidewalks of downtown streets? Another beautiful downtown asset sits empty and u used.
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