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Noise level readings at Rockville may determine future city noise limits

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Updated: 4/29/2013 11:56 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Noise level readings gathered over the weekend during the Welcome to Rockville festival may play a role in deciding future city noise limits.

City employees and sound engineers hired by the concert spent all weekend checking noise levels. Its part of the research being done to determine how loud events at Metropolitan Park should be.

Five city employees tested levels in the areas of St. Nicholas, South Shores and Met Park.

"I think it was a good testing period," said city council member Don Redman.
 
According to Redman, while it did get loud at times, he expected it to be much worse.

"The wind protected the people from the South Shores and the neighborhoods across the river this time because the wind continued blowing from the east and blowing the noise down the river more," said Redman.
 
Concert promoters say they did everything they could to control the noise, including changing the layout of the park to aim the speakers away from the river.

George Kruer who lives in the South Shores neighborhood says the bass sounds are the real problem.
 
"There is no way to escape base when base comes in the house. You can't -- no television, a box fan -- nothing will camouflage the base," said George Kruer, neighbor.
 
According to Redman, city noise limits were lifted this weekend to get good decibel readings. When all the research is gathered, the issue will be put up for a vote.
 
"I'm hopeful an agreement can be reached. I still think the equestrian center will be a better place to have these types of events," said Redman.
 
Redman says they will also be monitoring another event at Met Park next month. According to city officials, the decibel readings won't be available until May 9th.
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almteddy - 4/29/2013 11:59 PM
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Boo Hoo!!!! If you don't like the noise, they maybe you shouldn't live downtown. Welcome to Rockville made more money for the city than a few whiney complainers!!!!

Dremwolf - 4/29/2013 11:31 PM
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"I'm hopeful an agreement can be reached. I still think the equestrian center will be a better place to have these types of events," said Redman. Of course Redman would say this, it is out of his district.
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