Jacksonville, FL - We’ve told you about the city’s ongoing effort to find a compromise between concert-goers and nearby residents for Met Park events, but we’ve now learned the price tag for getting the solution rolling.
WOKV has found a $125,000 allocation in Jacksonville’s FY 2013-14 budget/Capital Projects dedicated solely to further studying noise levels and getting equipment needed to perform those studies.
“We want to still have the production and the people there can enjoy them, but the people who are trying to sleep and rest would not be obstructed by them,” says Councilman Don Redman, who serves on the city’s ad hoc Met Park committee.
He says the committee is making a lot of progress, and has already conducted a couple of studies, but they need to continue gathering data.
“We really haven’t been regulating anything or had any control,” he says.
He says some small changes, like relocating or repositioning speakers, is already taking place at some of the biggest events at Met Park. Committee members are also working on legislation which would more directly outline oversight, noise caps, and consequences for violation. Ultimately, however, there will be serious investments to consider moving forward.
One such project, is replacing the tent.
“It is far past due of its lifespan,” Redman says.
He says the city intended to replace the tent years ago as part of an overall project at Met Park, but it never happened, and still needs to be fixed.
Replacing the tent is specifically listed in the project outline in the budget as the goal of the study. There’s no price tag readily available for that, but Redman says it would be much more significant than what the city is shelling out for the study.
Despite this step, and cost, just being the first of likely several more to come, Redman says he thinks it’s something the taxpayers can get behind. He’s confident his constituents, many of who are from areas with the most concerns over the noise.
“We have constituents that have asked for something to be done for the community, and this is all part of it,” he says.
The Metropolitan Park maintenance subfund is the source of the allocation. It’s a fund driven by revenue from special events or facility rentals. According to the budget, no money has been allocated out of this fund in the past two budget cycles, and this sound study is the only project allocated this year.