JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - City councilman Don Redman is sponsoring a bill to ban concerts from Metropolitan Park downtown and tonight, city council will hear from the public on why they should or shouldn't vote for the bill.
"You have to have more events out here to get people to come out, otherwise we're not even going to know our city. How are we going to be one together if we never really do anything together?" say concert-goers like Andrea Bridge.
She tells our news partner Action News they wouldn't want to see concerts go from Met Park. Councilman Don Redman says he and the key players are doing their best to compromise.
"Hopefully to find something where we can have somewhat loud music but not to the extreme that it is now," says Councilman Redman.
The same company that owns WOKV owns X1029, which is an alternative rock station that holds a number of concerts every year. Programming Director Aaron Schachter says the ordinance is threatening some of those events and the revenue they bring.
“I’m just astonished that at a time when the economy is at a lull and businesses are looking for any way to monetize that downtown area, we’re gunna take a concert venue that was built specifically for this and shut it down,” he says.
Redman says his constituents across the river from the park in St. Nicholas and South Shores have been complaining about noise levels during concerts. Though the public is welcome to comment the bill will not be up for a vote tonight. The councilman is also sponsoring legislation to create a stricter background check process on people who want to own and operate ice cream trucks after a convicted sex offender in Clay County began running his own ice cream truck.