JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - It’s looking more like the music will stay at Metro Park. A new city ordinance that would limit the noise levels has just cleared a key committee.
“We finally came to an agreement,” Councilman Don Redman says of the Ad Hoc Committee on Metro and Urban Parks.
He says the ordinance would limit the decibel levels at which the music can be played. The noise would be measured over a five minute period. In addition, the stage and speakers would have to face away from the river.
“It’s something we can live with,” Redman says. “It’s not everything that everybody wanted. Nobody ever gets everything they want.”
“I think it will restrict the noise across the river into the St. Nicholas area to the point that residents there can live with it – I do believe,” he says.
The plan also carries a series of fines for violations, ranging from $250 to $2000 depending on the noise levels. The first offense carries a warning.
“Just the heightened awareness has caused some of the promoters to try and tone it down try to comply and the complaints have gone down,” said Lori Boyer, council member for District 5.
Mayor Brown offered a comment on the ordinance: “We want to have activities and events that will attract people from all around the country who will stay here for four or five days.”
The ordinance must go through two more committees before a full City Council vote. The “Welcome to Rockville” concerts will happen at Metro Park the last weekend in April.