Ban on gas-pow­ered leaf blow­ers starts to­day

Palm Beach Daily News - - BUSINESS - By EL­LIOTT WENZLER

A town or­di­nance pro­hibit­ing the use of gas-pow­ered leaf blow­ers on prop­er­ties smaller than an acre will go into ef­fect to­day.

The or­di­nance, passed in April, says that un­less it is equipped with a muf­fler de­vice, any gas-pow­ered blower or power fan is banned.

Own­ers of larger prop­er­ties, many of which are mul­tires­i­den­tial build­ings, have said they need the more ef­fi­cient gas-pow­ered blow­ers and that noise com­plaints haven’t been a prob­lem for them.

The Town Coun­cil’s 4-1 de­ci­sion to ap­prove the or­di­nance was con­tro­ver­sial among land­scape com­pany rep­re­sen­ta­tives, some of whom said that the ban will have a neg­a­tive ef­fect on busi­ness and drive up costs. They pre­fer the ex­ist­ing noise or­di­nance be en­forced.

Coun­cil mem­bers and Mayor Gail Coniglio have said it’s not prac­ti­cal for the town’s two code en­force­ment of­fi­cers to ef­fec­tively en­force the 65-deci­bel limit.

The ban was rec­om­mended last year by the coun­cil’s Or­di­nances, Rules and Stan­dards Com­mit­tee, then made up of Bob­bie Lind­say and Danielle Moore.

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