JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - City council president Bill Bishop thinks he has an idea for moving outdoor concerts that would normally be held at Metropolitan Park in downtown that satisfies both concergoers and residents in areas close to the park. He suggests moving the venue to the Equestrian Center on the Westside.
"There are not large numbers of neighborhoods around them that you're going to have noise impact a lot of people, there's trees around there to absorb sound, there's ample parking," Bishop tells our partner Action News.
St. Nicholas residents like Sylvia Wilkinson who say concerts at Met Park are too loud say the idea is music to her ears.
"The glass sliding doors in my house rumble from the noise," she says.
But not everyone thinks the idea is such a good one. Aaron Schachter is the program director for radio station X102.9 and says if there were anything out by the Equestrian Center besides the Equestrian Center it would be a good idea.
"But the reality is that there are no hotels out there, there are no restaurants out there, highway access is limited...I just don't see it as a good idea."
Schachter says Met Park is the perfect place for large outdoor concerts and says this is just another example of a small, wealthy, special interest group waging their influence on the city council. He says since the last concert at Met Park in April, Welcome to Rockville, they have not heard anything from the city about the music at that show being too loud.
"We didn't hear anything new about the decibel levels beca use we did exactly what was asked of us and we're still talking about moving these concerts," Schachter says. "We were well within the terms of what we promised we would do for the concert in terms of decibel levels, well under what the city council had asked us to be."
At this point it's still just an idea and it's not clear whether or not it will even be submitted as a formal proposal to city council.