• Decibel readers will test noise levels in St. Augustine Beach

    By: Lorena Inclán


    ST. AUGUSTINE BEACH, Fla. - There's a noise debate brewing in St. Augustine Beach, but before any decisions are made, leaders have decided to put the city through a test.  

    The test will last six months to see how many noise complaints come in. 

    This week, leaders decided to table the issue until they can get a better idea of how big the problem is. The main concerns are coming from where most of the city's restaurants and bars are. 

    Helen Morris loves her St. Augustine beach home, but lately she said sometimes getting a good night's rest is difficult.  

    “They’re so loud until like 2 in the morning and I can hear it over here inside my house,” Morris said. 

    Morris is talking about Jack's Bar-B-Que, which is actually owned by a city commissioner.  

    An employee said a live band does play on the weekends. Live music is also advertised at a bar down the road.  

    “We like music but there is a certain time limit it should be till,” Morris said. 

    But on the other side of town, Gary Lee said his neighborhood called Serenity Bay lives up to its name.  

    “The bowling alley across the street, I'm not aware that it's there from a noise standpoint,” Lee said. 

    The vice mayor told Action News the St. Augustine Beach Police Department has received more than 100 noise complaints in the last year. But at City Hall this week, leaders say the bigger problem is that the ordinance is outdated and doesn't address outdoor music at local businesses. 

    So for the next six months, the police department will be testing noise levels. Meanwhile, Morris said taking no action at all is not an option.  

    “They need to do something. I think they should have a time limit on it really,” she said. 

    Not only will the police department be testing the noise levels but it will also take more detailed notes when they get complaints to determine where most of them of are coming from. 

    Decibel readers have already arrived at the police department, where officers will be trained to use them before going out to get readings.

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