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Escambia County Noise Ordinance
ESCAMBIA COUNTY -- Commissioners continue to discuss and debate the Escambia County Noise Ordinance.
In a meeting this week, the commission recommended changing the exisiting rules for the bulk of the county, while leaving in place the regulations for Pensacola Beach and Perdido Key.
Will Kennedy went to a neighborhood where noise from a nearby ballpark has some residents annoyed.
Noise can be a tricky issue for neighborhoods.
Often times neighbors have disagreements about the sounds in Escambia County. Many times neighbors have disagreements about those sounds coming from that house next door or from nearby businesses.
The question in Escambia County right now is Exactly what is too loud?
Once quiet neighborhoods are changing and many feel the county noise ordinance needs to change with the times.
Bill Stokes and his wife moved into their home off Bauer Road in West Pensacola next door to the new county Southwest Sports Complex.
Most nights the noise of kids playing ball is no problem but on Football Saturdays the PA system can be a bit much.
Bill Stokes/Lives next to sports complex
"The normal noise of the hootin and the hollerin, the kids hollerin and everything.Yay and all this. That's fine. You know that doesn't bother you. But when they get on them loud speakers that just drives you nuts you know."
Marcus Reno-Story operated the Live Nightbcub on Highway 29.
Despite being in a commercial zone the club had to frequently battle complaints neighbors.
The Noise Ordinance put a lot of pressure on his business and the deputies trying to enforce the vague standards.
Marcus Reno-Story/Wants new ordinance
"How do you police it? You know, when do you do something about it? When do you overlook it? I think there just needs to be a, just really readdressed as a whole, and put the time in and make the right decisions on the ruling."
The Escambia County Board of County Commissioners is recommending doing away with the current ordinance for the county proper, but there is disagreement as to what the new ordinance should be.