On December 7th, the City Commission discussed a follow up from a meeting held in October related to the city noise ordinance and voted 5-0 to direct staff to meet with impacted parties – including various citizen and neighborhood committees – and to bring back recommend changes in January.
Many citizens living within the urban core district expressed frustration due to lack of sleep from noise, and requested noise regulation from 10 pm. to 7 am. on week nights and from 11 pm. on weekend nights. The current noise regulation is from 2:00 am. to 7:00 am.
Staff reviewed the noise ordinances in 8 cities in Florida, 5 of which have entertainment districts. Noise ordinances in each case differed; however, most cities regulated noise starting between the hours of 10:00 pm. and 3:00 am. In an ordinance update held in October, TPD advised that most officers found the revised ordinance effective granting them authority to be the initiator of the complaint, and giving them a tool for voluntary compliance.
Hayley Aminsen, representing the Citizens Committee on Noise Pollution stated, “The urban core area is not livable and it’s a public health issue.”
Patrick Roe stated, “It’s just not fair to have that kind of loud noise especially on weekdays when people are trying to get enough sleep so they can go to their jobs.”
Previously, the city commission unanimously voted to enact a revised noise ordinance in March 2022, including the following:
- Allows law enforcement to be the complainant to initiate the enforcement of the noise nuisance, which is standard practice for a similar nuisance violation.
- Holds property owners accountable for noise nuisance on their property.
- Allows law enforcement to enforce noise standards such as the dispersion of crowds.
- Maintains Urban Core District times for enforcement.
- Increases penalties to $250 from $150 for an initial violation, $350 from $250 for a second violation, and maintaining $500 for subsequent violations.