Semi­nole en­acts new, stricter noise or­di­nance

Orlando Sentinel - - Local & State - By Mar­tin E. Co­mas

Semi­nole County on Tues­day en­acted a new noise or­di­nance with strict reg­u­la­tions that of­fi­cials hope will quell loud mu­sic, rein in noisy venues and give res­i­dents in neigh­bor­hoods near com­mer­cial ar­eas some peace and quiet.

“I love what’s go­ing on here, and I’m to­tally in sup­port of this or­di­nance,” said Jonas Pear­son to com­mis­sion­ers be­fore the board unan­i­mously ap­proved the new or­di­nance. “It’s been a long time com­ing.”

Pear­son is among dozens of res­i­dents of a south Semi­nole neigh­bor­hood who have long com­plained about loud mu­sic and out­door cel­e­bra­tions com­ing from a nearby church mostly on week­end morn­ings.

Ac­cord­ing to the or­di­nance, a prop­erty owner would be in vi­o­la­tion if noise ex­ceeds 60 deci­bels – about as loud as con­ver­sa­tions in a restau­rant – for more than one minute be­tween 7 a.m. and 11 p.m. or 55 deci­bels for one minute be­tween 11 p.m. and 7 a.m.

Chronic vi­o­la­tors could be fined up to $500 per day or spend 60 days in jail. Semi­nole’s new reg­u­la­tions mir­ror sim­i­lar noise rules in Or­ange County and sev­eral Cen­tral Florida mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties.

The or­di­nance makes ex­cep­tions for ice cream trucks, con­struc­tion equip­ment, trains and air­craft. State laws reg­u­late noise – such as mu­sic from loud­speak­ers - com­ing from mo­tor ve­hi­cles on road­ways.

As a grow­ing num­ber of res­i­dents com­plained last year about noisy neigh­bors and racket em­a­nat­ing from com­mer­cial ar­eas near their homes, Semi­nole of­fi­cials re­al­ized that the county’s old noise or­di­nance — first writ­ten in 1974 and last up­dated in 1992 —

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