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Fair Lawn, New Jersey, "NJ Lawmaker Takes New Approach to Reduce Jet Noise at Teterboro Airport" (Feb. 4, 1999). The Record reports a New Jersey lawmaker has introduced a bill to reduce jet noise at the Teterboro Airport.
Fairbanks, Maine, "Residents Oppose Fairbanks, Maine Logyard's Proposed Expansion" (Nov. 9, 1999). The Central Maine Morning Sentinel reports that residents are opposed to proposed expansion at a Fairbanks, Maine log yard, worrying about noise, pollution, and dust from an expanded site. The log yard owner has said he would quiet his equipment, limit operating hours, plant ten-foot trees as a buffer and cut down on dust. The planning board will decide on the request after a public hearing and a walk through of the site.
Fairfax County, Virginia, "Virginia Residents Move to Limit Construction Noise" (Oct. 30, 1997). The Washington Post reports that Fairfax County, Virginia is considering enforcing weekend and evening restrictions on construction-related noise, due to a surge of building in older, established neighborhoods.
Fairfield, Connecticut, "Connecticut's Fairfield University Steps Up Attempts to Reduce Resident Complaints About Disruptive Off-Campus Students at the Beach" (Oct. 17, 1999). The Boston Globe reports that Connecticut's Fairfield University is taking more responsibility for disruptive and intoxicated off-campus students after years of claiming it is not their responsibility. A special task force, an off-campus student coordinator, a new dormitory, a delayed homecoming weekend, and more on-campus entertainment are intended to reduce disruptions at the nearby beach, where students frequently engage in rowdy behavior. Police are also stepping up enforcement of nuisance ordinances. Students maintain that most students are responsible, but a few students cause most of the noise and other trouble.
Fairfield, Maine, "Noise and Pollution Concerns Prompt Maine Town to Set Moratorium on Tire Shredding Plant" (Nov. 19, 1998). The Bangor Daily News reports the Fairfield, Maine, Town Council adopted a moratorium Wednesday on "bulk recycling facilities" in order to address residents' fears of noise, traffic, and safety issues about a proposed tire shredding plant.
Fairlie, New Zealand, "Fairlee, New Zealand Man's Complaints Over Noisy Machine Forces Company to Act" (Mar. 25, 2000). The Press reported on the success one Fairlee man experienced in his determination to regain the peace and quiet of his tranquil home. He complained to the right people and got results in one week.
Fairview, Texas, "Texas Town Fines Low-Flying Plane; FAA Says Cities Don't Control Airspace" (Apr. 12, 1999). The Austin American-Statesman reports in its latest attempt to control noise from the Addison Airport, the town of Fairview, Texas, recently fine a pilot for violating the town's noise ordinance by flying too low.
Fall River, Massachusetts, "Community Policing Effort Reduces Traffic Noise in Fall River, Massachusetts" (Aug. 18, 1998). The Providence Journal-Bulletin describes a community policing effort to eradicate blaring car stereos, loud mufflers, roaring motorcycles, and other traffic nuisances from a cruising strip in Fall River, Massachusetts.
Fall River, Massachusetts, "Drag Racing Proposed In Fall River Massachusetts" (Feb. 18, 1998). The Providence Journal-Bulletin reports two racing enthusiasts want to build a drag strip at the former municipal airport in Fall River, Massachusetts.
Fallbrook, California, "California Neighbors Complain of Noisy All-Night Religion Ceremonies" (Oct. 30, 1997). The San Diego Union-Tribune reports that Cathy Giorgi of Fallbrook, California, was arrested and ordered to appear in court on a noise issue. Giorgi, a follower of Delbert "Blackfox" Pomani, a Hunkpapa Dakota Indian, built a teepee in her front yard, where she and other followers worship regularly from dusk to dawn. As a member of the Native American Church, Giorgi insists she has a constitutional right to practice her religion. But some of her neighbors object, saying all-night singing, drumming and chanting are disrupting their sleep.
Farmington, CT, "Noise Greatest Cause of Hearing Loss in Aging Baby Boomers" (Jun. 14, 1999). The Palm Beach Post reports President Clinton's noise-related hearing loss has prompted other baby boomers to seek treatment for their own noise-related hearing problems.
Farmington, Maine, "Maine Wood Chip Mill Owner Wants to Expand; Residents Already Complaining About Current Noise Levels" (Oct. 29, 1997). The Kennebec Journal reports that Jack Carrier, owner of the wood chip mill on Town Farm Road in Farmington, Maine, wants to double production and install more equipment in spite of noise complaints and the deterioration of the road leading to the mill, according to one Farmington selectmen.
Farmington, Maine, "Noise Mitigation Measures Needed in U.S. Schools to Reduce Interference with Learning" (Jun. 22, 1998). The Portland Press Herald reports classroom noise and reverberation is a fundamental and little understood issue that interferes with learning at schools in Maine and across the nation, experts say.
Farmington, Maine, "Maine Paper Mill Expansion Denied Because of Neighbor Health and Welfare" (Dec. 15, 1999). According to the Central Maine Morning Sentinel, the Farmington Planning Board denied the International Paper Co., of Jay a permit the expansion of a wood-sorting operation.
Farmington, Maine, "Maine Paper Mill To Cut Hours and Offer Noise Trees As Noise Buffers" (Dec. 14, 1999). The Central Maine Morning Sentinel reports that the International Paper Company submitted plans for noise reduction as it expands one of its log sorting yards.
Farmington, Maine, "Farmington, Maine Resident Had Very Large Sign -- Protesting Log Yard Expansion -- Stolen from Lawn; Resident Says Logging Equipment Could Have Been Used to Steal Sign" (Nov. 20, 1999). The Central Maine Morning Sentinel reports that a Farmington, Maine resident believes that logging equipment may have been used to steal a very large sign -- protesting the expansion of a neighboring log yard -- from the lawn. Officials say they didn't know who could have done it. They say that "the 6 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. operating hours would be enforced, wood slashing would be delayed until 6:30 a.m., and quieter equipment would be installed" if the expansion were approved.
Farmington, Maine, "International Paper Will Meet with Farmington, Maine Planning Officials to Defend Its Noise Reduction Efforts, and Push For Approval of Their Expansion Proposal" (Nov. 8, 1999). The Central Maine Morning Sentinel reports that International Paper officials will meet with the Farmington, Maine Planning Board on Monday to discuss a proposed log-yard expansion. The company must defend its noise reduction strategies to have any chance of getting the project approved.
Farmington, Maine, "Maine Town Officials Reject Paper Mill Expansion Because of Noise" (Feb. 21, 2000). The Central Maine Morning Sentinel reported that the town's Planning Board rejected International Paper Company's plans to expand its three-acre logging operation because it did not meet the board's standards.
Farmington, New Mexico, "Residents in New Mexico Complain About Noisy Training Flights" (Jul. 15, 1998). The Albuquerque Journal reports that residents living near the Four Corners Regional Airport in Farmington, New Mexico are angry about noise from the training flights initiated by the Mesa Air Group. According to the article, residents had hoped that after Mesa Air Group officials announced recently they would be moving their operation, that the noisy training flights would leave the area. But Mesa officials said their subsidiary, the pilot training company Mesa Pilot Development, would remain at the airport and would be increasing flights. Residents are expected to air their complaints at a meeting today of the Farmington Airport Advisory Commission. The commission plans to make a recommendation to the City Council on how to resolve the problem.
Farmington, Utah, "Farmington, Utah Sound Walls Under Contention; Council Doesn't Want to Build Ugly Concrete Walls, While Residents Who Do Have Forced a Public Vote" (Aug. 5, 1999). The Salt Lake Tribune reports that noise walls -- proposed along Farmington Utah's Interstate 15 -- are as source of local disagreement. Council members want more time to study more aesthetic alternatives, but residents have forced a public initiative vote that could overrule a 'no' vote by the council. Utah's Department of Transportation (UDOT) has offered to build the walls along Interstate 15, but the council is studying alternatives such as earthen berms and trees.
Farmington, Utah, "Utah City Council Puts Noise Barrier On Voting Ballot" (Jul. 7, 1999). According to the Deseret News, residents in Farmington want the town to build noise barriers around Interstate 15, which is soon to be expanded. They were successful in getting over 1,000 signatures to have the issue on the city's Nov. 2 ballot.
Farmington, Utah, "Farmington, Utah's City Council Stance Against Unattractive Noise Walls on I-15 Less Certain After Residents Push for the Structures" (May 23, 1999). The Desert News reports that Farmington, Utah's city council is now wavering in their stance against noise walls on Interstate 15 that they say would be aesthetically unattractive. 175 residents signed a petition saying the freeway noise is 'overwhelming' and that they want noise walls -- attractive or not -- swaying two council members to their side, while the rest of the council voted to postpone a decision until after further study and public input. The council had been opposed to the walls, which would require amendment of the city's master plan, at a public hearing two weeks ago.
Farmington, Utah, "Utah's Department of Transportation Is Exploring Alternatives to Soundwalls that Some Residents Oppose Because of Unsightliness" (Nov. 16, 1999). The Salt Lake Tribune reports that alternatives to soundwalls in Farmington, Utah are being explored by the Department of Transportation (DOT). The DOT is examining an alternative to a 17-foot soundwall -- a 10-foot earthen berm with three feet of stylized rock on top -- to satisfy those who want soundwalls but believe they are ugly. The soundwall debate has other sides too; some say soundwalls block views and reflect sound uphill, some say they're critical for quality of life, some demand them to keep up their property values, some say they work but they're too ugly and hurt property values.
Farmington, Utah, "Farmington, Utah Voters Defeat Initiative to Build Noise Walls" (Nov. 3, 1999). The Deseret News reports that voters defeated a Farmington, Utah initiative to construct sound walls along Interstate 15. Supporters of the initiative said that misinformation, and voters living in quiet areas, skewed the vote.
Farmington, Utah, "Farmington, Utah Decides to Keep its Public Pool Closed on Sundays" (Mar. 16, 2000). The Deseret News reports that the Farmington, Utah city council recently voted not to open the city pool on Sundays, despite some residents' opposition to the closure. Most proponents of the closure cited religious reasons, but some residents were also concerned about increased noise and traffic if the pool were allowed to open on Sundays.
Farmington, Utah, "Farmington Utah Residents Say No Sunday Pool and a Ban on Snowmobiles in Yellowtone" (Mar. 24, 2000). Should swimming pools be closed on Sunday? An article from the Associated Press reported on such a dilemma in one town in Utah.
Fayetteville, Arkansas, "Animal Feed Plant in Fayetteville, Arkansas Draws Complaints of Noise, Odors, and Pollution from Neighbors; City Already Suing Plant as Public Nuisance" (Apr. 28, 1999). The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that a recent noise citation against Bakery Feeds in Fayetteville, Arkansas is the latest in a battle to closed down the plant. When police arrived to monitor noise from the unloading of trucks, much of the commotion had stopped but readings from dehydrating equipment inside the plant still exceeded the local noise ordinance. The city has already sued to close the animal feed plant because it is in the wrong zone, but neighbors want the suit expanded to include nuisance issues. Neighbors have banded together with their own lawsuit, claiming the plant is a private nuisance and demanding that the plant close down and pay property owners for drops in their property values.
Fayetteville, Arkansas, "Residents of Fayetteville, Arkansas Say Ordinance to Regulate Construction of Cellular Towers Is Weaker than Original Draft" (Sep. 2, 1999). The Associated Press State & Local Wire reports that residents of Fayetteville, Arkansas say that an ordinance that regulates the construction of cellular towers is weaker than the original draft. City officials claim that the ordinance limits the number of cell towers, and will encourage the use of existing towers. Residents complained that maximum heights and notification distances were increased, and the permissible noise limit was raised from no off-site noise to 50 decibels.
Fayetteville, Arkansas, "Neighbors Trying to Close a Fayetteville, Arkansas Feed Plant Learn Noise Ordinance Applies to Them, Begin Making Noise Complaints" (May 8, 1999). The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that neighbors of a Fayetteville, Arkansas Feed Plant, who are already suing the plant because it is a nuisance, have discovered a new weapon in its fight: the noise ordinance. The ordinance has traditionally been associated with downtown's entertainment district, but it applies around the plant as well. Local police have ticketed the plant five times in eleven days for exceeding noise limits. A spokesman for the neighbors said that the residents are 'economically disadvantaged', and were not as likely to know the ordinance applied to them as those in wealthy neighborhoods.
Fayetteville, Arkansas, "Pink Floyd Music Show at Fayetteville, Arkansas Fairgrounds Gets Noise Citation From Police" (May 9, 1999). The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that a live band and fireworks at a Pink Floyd Laser Light Show on Fayetteville, Arkansas Fairgrounds was too loud. After residents up to five miles away complained, police visited the fairgrounds and ticketed the man running the show. Police said the noise was above acceptable limits, but they still couldn't legally shut down the concert.
Fayetteville, Arkansas, "Washington County, Arkansas Seeks Legal Advice Before Passing Noise Ordinance Against Barking Dogs" (Apr. 13, 2000). The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that some residents in Washington County, Arkansas have complained about barking dogs at a local animal shelter. A noise ordinance was proposed, but was tabled by the Animal Concerns Advisory Board because it was too vague and would be difficult to enforce.
Fayetteville, North Carolina, "Letter to the Editor in Favor of Fayetteville, North Carolina Noise Ordinance" (Jan. 6, 1998). The News and Observer (Raleigh, North Carolina) recently printed that following letter to the editor:
Federal Way, Washington, "Seattle-Tacoma Airport's Change in Flight Plan Gets Support From City Officials" (Mar. 23, 2000). According to the News Tribune reported that town officials in Washington state support a plan to reroute dozens of flights from Sea-Tac (Seattle-Tacoma) Airport, a plan which other cities do not support. flight paths.
Feilding, New Zealand, "Manawatu, New Zealand District Council to Begin Imposing Fines For Excessive Residential Noise" (Feb. 15, 2000). The Evening Standard of Manawatu, New Zealand reports that the Manawatu District Council will begin fining people in Feilding and elsewhere in the District who refuse to comply with noise abatement notices.
Feniton and Taleford, England, "UK Residents Mobilize to Get New Noisy Highway Resurfaced" (Feb. 18, 2000). According to the Express and Echo, residents of two towns in England are vociferously upset about traffic noise from a newly completed stretch of highway near their towns. They joined a 2,000-member protest campaign calling for the new 13-miles stretch of road to be resurfaced.
Fenton, Missouri, "Fenton, Missouri Board of Aldermen Approved a Bill that Limits Noisy Construction to Roughly Daylight Hours" (May 27, 1999). St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the Fenton Board of Aldermen has limited the hours that construction companies can create noise to between 7 AM and sunset during the week, and between 8 AM and sunset on Saturdays and Sundays. Construction noise is defined as the work, related vehicular traffic and other noises that emanate from a construction site.
Fife, Scotland, "UK Promises Residents in Scotland to Help Soundproof Homes Against Military Jet Noise" (Mar. 25, 2000). The Glasgow Herald reported that the British government promised to review soundproofing "arrangements" for residences around the UK's most northerly fighter base, Leuchars in Fife.
Fincastle, Virginia, "Fincastle, Virgina Manufacturing Plant Disturbs Resident Who Calls for Noise Ordinance Amendment" (May 19, 1999). Roanoke Times & World News reports that Keith Martin of Fincastle, Virginia is constantly disturbed by noise from Tower Automotive's manufacturing plant. The plant operates 24 hours a day, creating noise which crosses agricultural zones to Martin's residence. Martin presented his case to the County Board of Supervisors, calling for revocation of a noise ordinance exemption for manufacturers. The Board assigned an administrator to meet with plant officials to try and resolve the issue, but made not commitment to alter the noise ordinance.
Fishers, Indiana, "Public Library Board in Fishers, Indiana OKs New Policy for Reducing Noise in Library and Suspending Privileges for Uncooperative Patrons" (May 26, 1999). The Indianapolis Star reports that the Fishers, Indiana Public Library Board approved a new policy to deal with increasing noise-related complaints in their two branches. Problems have included parents yelling to their children, higher numbers of cell phone and pager disruptions, and disruptively loud conversations. The policy establishes a procedure of issuing a written or verbal warning.
Flagstaff, Arizona, "Environmentalists and Air Tour Operators Clash at a Flagstaff, Arizona Public Hearing on Whether to Freeze the Number of Flights Over the Grand Canyon National Park" (Aug. 18, 1999). The Arizona Republic reports that environmentalists and air tour operators presented differing opinions at a public hearing in Flagstaff, Arizona that focused on a proposed freeze on the number of flights allowed over Grand Canyon National Park. Air tour operators say the current no-fly zones and the proposed freeze would put them out of business, and that the majority of tourists don't mind the noise. Environmentalists say that boaters and hikers enjoy natural quiet only 19% of the time, and only 10% of the river is covered by no-fly zones.
Florence Township, New Jersey, "New Jersey Residents Sue Landfill Company over Noise and other Forms of Pollution" (Oct. 23, 1997). The Solid Waste Report tells about a class-action suit brought against a Waste Management Inc. (WMI) landfill in Tullytown, Pennsylvania. According to papers filed, bird droppings, dust and noise that have made miserable the lives of New Jersey residents who live downwind from the company.
Florence Township, New Jersey, "New Jersey Residents Sue Landfill Company Over Noise and Smell" (Oct. 22, 1997). The Legal Intelligencer reports that residents in New Jersey's Florence Township are suing Waste Management Inc. of Bensalem, claiming the company's landfill in Tulleytown, Pennsylvania is causing noise, odor, and other problems that are damaging the enjoyment of their property.
Florence, Alabama, "Revisions to Noise Ordinance in Florence, Alabama Simplify Enforcement" (Jul. 29, 1999). The Associated Press State & Local Wire reports that Florence, Alabama officials have revised a noise ordinance to make it easier to enforce. An officer can identify violators by how far away he can hear their noise, instead of having to measure the sound with a special device. Violators will be ticketed up to $200; they will receive a ticket similar to a traffic violation instead of a full arrest procedure that was required under the old ordinance.
Flushing, Michigan, "Police in Flushing, Michigan Use Unmarked Cars to Identify Noise Ordinance Violators" (Jul. 10, 1999). The Associated Press State & Local Wire reports that police in Flushing, Michigan have been cracking down on loud car stereos this summer using a 1992 noise ordinance. The ordinance includes a $500 fine or 90-day jail term for violators. Officers have been using unmarked cars to enforce the ordinance, so violators don't recognize patrol cars and lower the volume.
Fontana, California, "Night-Time Tests Banned at California Speedway after Noise Complaints Pour in from Residents" (Mar. 11, 1999). The Press-Enterprise reports nighttime testing at the California Speedway will be prohibited, officials said Wednesday in response to hundreds of complaints by residents who suffered through noisy late-night and early-morning road tests two weeks ago in Fontana, California.
Forest Hills and Glendale, New York, "NY Home Depot Too Big, Too Noisy, Too Much Traffic for Neighbors" (Mar. 21, 2000). According to an article from Newsday, the new 24-hour Home Depot bordering Forest Hills and Glendale attracts so much vehicular traffic that its neighbors can no longer open their windows or get a good night's sleep.
Forest Hills, New York City, "Noise at Forest Hills Swim Club in New York City Has Residents Complaining and City Officials Looking for Ways to Make the Venue Accountable" (Jul. 22, 1999). The Daily News reports that the Forest Hills Swim Club near New York City, which hosts 10 PM to 4 AM weekend dance parties, has drawn over 150 complaints in recent weeks. Last week, 50 demonstrators marched in front of the building demanding their right to a good night's sleep. Club patrons have been observed drinking and driving, publicly urinating, and leaving drugs on residents' lawns. The club owner has no plans to end the dances, and says neighbor complaints may be race related. The city is examining the legality of many aspects of the club, including noise levels and permits.
Forest Hills, Pennsylvania, "Penn. Residents Want Noise Ordinance Enforced at Club in Neighboring Town" (Aug. 6, 1998). The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports residents of one Pennsylvania town are bothered by noise coming from a club just over the line in a nearby town. Forest Hills residents are pushing for Wilkinsburg to enforce its own noise ordinances.
Forest Hills, Pennsylvania, "Penn. Town Writes Noise Ordinance in Response to Complaints about Club" (Nov. 19, 1998). The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports the town of Forest Hills, Pennsylvania, is on its way to passing its first noise ordinance.
Forest Park, Georgia, "Forest Park, Georgia Residents Upset at Hartsfield International Airport's Failure to Include the City in Negotiations over Approval of a Fifth Runway" (Oct. 15, 1999). The Atlanta Journal and Constitution reports that residents of Forest Park, Georgia are upset that Hartsfield International Airport hasn't been including the city in negotiations over a fifth runway. County authorities negotiated several conditions for approval of the runway, including compensation for lost tax revenue and the promise of attracting new commerce to the area. The County Commissioner promised that their noise abatement program would be the "best in the world", but residents who already endure aircraft noise from the existing runways don't believe it
Forestville, New York, "Two NY Residents Sue Company for Excessive Noise and Vibrations" (Aug. 8, 1998). The Buffalo News reports two Forestville, New York, residents who live near a manufacturing plant have filed a multi-million dollar lawsuit charging excessive noise and vibrations.
Fort Collins, Colorado, "Colorado State University Engineering Students Attempt to Build Clean and Quiet Snowmobile" (Mar. 20, 2000). The Denver Post reports that local university teams are competing in Jackson, Wyoming to design cleaner running snowmobiles. The competition is taking place during a time of intense debate over a possible snowmobile ban in Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks....
Fort Kent, Maine, "Fort Kent Planning Board to Decide If Shooting Range is Approved in the Face of Resident Concerns" (Aug. 20, 1999). The Bangor Daily News reports that many residents of Fort Kent, Maine are concerned about noise and pollution from a proposed shooting range. Resident concerns include lowered property values, lead pollution from shotgun pellets, noise, and impact on wildlife. The owners of the property have measured the noise levels from gunfire and say that it is comparable to soft music, but residents say that independent consultants should take the measurements.
Fort Kent, Maine, "Fort Kent Shooting Range Approved Against Residents' Opposition, But Conditions May Make the Venture Too Expensive" (Nov. 5, 1999). The Bangor Daily News reports that the Fort Kent Planning Board approved a proposed shooting range on a farm in the area. The range must meet National Rifle Association and National Skeet Shooting Association standards for shooting ranges, which could make the project too expensive. Residents oppose the range because they fear noise, safety, and pollution from lead pellets.
Fort Knox, Kentucky, "Fort Knox Expansion Creates Concern About Noise and Wildlife Habitat Destruction" (Mar. 17, 2000). The Courier-Journal of Louisville, Kentucky reports that residents in the area of Fort Knox have noise and environmental concerns over an urban-warfare training facility that will be built by the Army. The project will involve much logging and disruption of wildlife habitat. The Army has agreed to conduct an environmental study. [Editor's Note: This story has already been addressed in another article. We are reporting here only on details that were not in the previous article.]
Fort Knox, Kentucky, "U.S. Army Plans Urban Training Center at Fort Knox; Plans to Study Environmental Impact" (Mar. 17, 2000). The Associated Press reports that a new military training ground planned for Fort Knox has many environmentalists concerned over the negative impact such a facility will have on the environment. The Army has stated that it will conduct an environmental impact study to assess the situation.
Fort Lauderdale and Tamarac, Florida, "Florida Residents Complain About Truck Noise at Spring Water Plant" (Jun. 10, 1998). The Sun-Sentinel reports that residents in Tamarac, Florida living near the Zephyrhills Spring Water distribution center have raised complaints about the noise from the company's delivery trucks. The article explains that the border between Tamarac and Fort Lauderdale is located between the neighborhood and the plant, creating jurisdictional difficulties in addressing the problem.
Fort Lauderdale, Florida, "Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport Expansion Increases Jet Traffic Over Dania Community" (Apr. 19, 1997). The Sun-Sentinel reports that as part of the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport's $1.2 billion expansion, the mile-long south runway, next to the Dania community, is to be extended to 9,000 feet within the next five to seven years. The paper reports that more than 200 large jets will eventually use the runway every day.
Fort Lauderdale, Florida, "Florida Airport to Temporarily Redirect Traffic and Cause More Noise for Some Residents" (Jun. 8, 1997). The Sun-Sentinel reports that the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport will temporarily redirect some air traffic on Monday and Tuesday nights, and residents living in Dania neighborhoods south and west of the airport may hear unexpected aircraft noise.
Fort Lauderdale, Florida, "Ft. Lauderdale and County May Strike a Deal on Airport Expansion" (May 20, 1997). The Sun-Sentinel reports that a long-running feud between the city of Fort Lauderdale and Broward County over the proposed expansion of the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport may be coming to an end. A proposed deal between the two parties would give the city a list of perks and would allow the county to make a number of expansions to the airport. The agreement would avoid a battle between the two parties that could be decided by Gov. Lawton Chiles and the Cabinet on an appeal, the article says. Meanwhile, the city of Hollywood, also involved in the feud, has not been approached with a similar proposal by the county.
Fort Lauderdale, Florida, "Boca Raton Resident Shares Concerns Over Pollution From Airport" (Dec. 4, 1997). The Sun-Sentinel printed the following letter to the editor concerning pollution from the Boca Raton, Florida Airport:
Fort Lauderdale, Florida, "While Residents Near Florida's Turnpike Are Upset That Noise Walls May Not Be Built, Residents Along U.S. Route 441 Don't Want Walls To Be Built" (Aug. 6, 1999). The Sun-Sentinel reports that residents along the Florida Turnpike near Fort Lauderdale want a noise wall to be built when the turnpike is expanded, but transportation officials say that the population isn't dense enough to warrant a wall. Residents along U.S. 441, who will be getting sound walls, don't want them. They fear that the ugly walls will detract from property values.
Fort Lauderdale, Florida, "Fort Lauderdale, Florida Police and City Officials Work Towards Reduction of Motorcycle Noise" (Jul. 27, 1999). The Sun-Sentinel reports that after years of noise from motorcycles, police have started to increase enforcement, using decibel meters to measure noise as well as identifying doctored mufflers forbidden by state law. They are working with city officials to change the noise ordinance to make that enforcement easier. Police have ticketed more frequently with 160 citations last year, but city officials say that number could be ticketed in a week. Noisy muffler pipes -- legally available as 'off-road' models -- add personality to a bike, and alert drivers to a biker's presence. Motorcycle noise is seen as a threat to the public, and many popular motorcyclist spots encourage patrons to reduce motorcycle noise.
Fort Lauderdale, Florida, "Fort Lauderdale, Florida Resident Notes Her Involvement in Anti-Noise Issues" (Nov. 14, 1999). The Sun-Sentinel prints several personal statements from environmentalists in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. One statement is from a woman who works against noise pollution from Southern Florida airports.
Fort Lauderdale, Florida, "Florida's Route 441 Will Gain Soundwalls In Palm Beach County; Some Residents Welcome Them, While Others Say They Will Be Too Ugly and Affect Property Values" (Nov. 11, 1999). The Sun-Sentinel reports that Florida's Department of Transportation plans to install 16 soundwalls at certain places on route 441 in Palm Beach County. Some oppose the noise walls, saying they will attract graffiti and drive property values down. Many of them want an options not included on the survey: a berm with a shorter noise wall on top. Officials say the berm would be too costly and would shrink people's back yards.
Fort Lauderdale, Florida, "Fort Lauderdale, Florida Nightclub Considers Attracting Different Clientele in Order to Reduce Club Noise" (Mar. 31, 2000). The Sun-Sentinel in Fort Lauderdale, Florida reports that the Roxy nightclub has been the target of noise complaints by area residents. Club owner Stuart Konecky has been considering changing the type of music that he offers at the club so that the current club crowd, mostly African-Americans, will go elsewhere. He claims the move is not racially motivated.
Fort Lauderdale, Florida area, "Aircraft Take-Offs in Florida City Get Noisier" (May 8, 1997). The Sun-Sentinel printed the following letter-to-the-editor from John Hogan, a Fort Lauderdale, Florida area resident, regarding noise from jet takeoffs:
Fort Lauderdale, Florida area, "Neighbors of Florida Stadium Expect Increased Noise and Traffic During World Series" (Oct. 17, 1997). The Sun-Sentinel reports that residents surrounding the Pro Player Stadium in north Dade County, Florida are bracing for an onslaught of traffic and noise during the World Series between the Marlins and Cleveland Indians.
Fort Lewis, Washington, "Late-Night Military Combat Drills at Fort Lewis, Washington to Increase Noise for Three Days" (Oct. 15, 1999). The News Tribune reports that late-night military drills at Fort Lewis, Washington will increase noise around the base for three upcoming days.
Fort Lupton, Colorado, "Keep Your Music to Yourself; Colorado Town Teaches Lesson to Noise Scofflaws" (Mar. 6, 1999). The Associated Press reports the town of Fort Lupton, Colorado, has devised a unique and effective penalty for those who violate the noise ordinance by blasting music from their cars.
Fort Mill, South Carolina, "Fort Mill, South Carolina Resident Complains About Noise from Wastewater Treatment Plant" (Aug. 16, 1999). The Herald reports that in Fort Mill, South Carolina a resident whose property line is 20 feet from a noise wastewater treatment plant is angry about the noise. The man offered U.S. Utilities Company $4000 to quiet the noise, but the company wasn't comfortable taking his money. Some work has been done to quiet the noise, but the resident says it's not enough.
Fort Pierce, Florida, "Motorcyclists Who Patronize Restaurant in Fort Pierce, Florida Asked to Quiet Their Engines" (Apr. 7, 2000). The Fort Pierce News in Florida reports that residents who live near Archie's Seabreeze Restaurant in Fort Pierce have complained vehemently about motorcycle noise from the patrons at the restaurant, which has been a motorcycle hangout for over fifty years.
Fort Pierce, Florida, "Pro Tech Communications Sells 60% of Common Stock to NCT Group, Inc.; Pro Tech Granted Rights to Noisebuster (r) and ClearSpeech (r) Noise and Echo Cancellation Algorithms" (Mar. 17, 2000). Pro Tech Communications, Inc. announced to the press the sale of 60% of its common stock to NCT Group, Inc. The press release appeared on the PR Newswire and is reprinted here in its entirety:
Fort Worth, Texas, "Fort Worth Mayor to Launch New Media Offensive Against Expansion of Air Service at Love Field" (Nov. 27, 1997). The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that Kenneth Barr, Mayor of Fort Worth, Texas, said yesterday that he will launch a new media effort in the city's legal battle with Dallas over the expansion of air service at Love Field. Barr said he hopes the media effort will build more support in the city's legal efforts to protect the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport from additional competition at Love Field.
Fort Worth, Texas, "Revitalization Plans Bring Noise Worries to Residents of Fort Worth Neighborhood" (May 5, 1998). The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports while officials and business owners celebrate the steps being made toward commercial progress in a one area of Fort Worth, Texas, some nearby residents worry about traffic and noise. the opening of a Mexican market on North Main Street,
Fort Worth, Texas, "Shooters Say Texas Gun Club Closing Unwarranted, Residents Cite Noise and Safety Concerns" (Feb. 26, 1999). The Forth Worth Star-Telegram reports a gun club in Fort Worth, Texas, closed yesterday after a number of lawsuits and noise complaints from nearby residents.
Fort Worth, Texas, "Airports Across the Country, Including Dallas/Fort Worth in Texas, Are Almost Ready For the January 1st Federal Noise Standards to Come Into Effect" (Sep. 20, 1999). The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that Airports across the country, including Dallas/Fort Worth Airport (D/FW), are preparing to meet the January 1st deadline for new federally-mandated noise standards. The standards require the phasing out of all heavy "Stage 2" aircraft; Stage 2 aircraft with "hushkits" are quiet enough to be allowed under the standards. The airlines have known of the standards for 8 years, and 93 percent of the planes at D/FW meet the standards already. Some residents have noticed the difference, and some are still disrupted. The article also notes that D/FW has imposed their noise on fewer people as years have gone by even though traffic has increased, using several methods.
Fox Lake, Illinois, "Wisconsin Powerboat Group Challenges Noise Ordinance" (Apr. 5, 1999). Chicago Tribune reports a powerboater association will ask for a repeal of a new boating noise ordinance enacted by a waterway authority in Wisconsin.
Fox Lake, Illinois, "Illinois Waterway Agency Drafts Noise Ordinance that will Fine Noisy Boaters" (Mar. 16, 1999). The Chicago Tribune reports directors of a waterway in Illinois are planning to adopt an ordinance that will fine boaters for creating excessive noise.
Fox Point, Wisconsin, "Fox Point, Wisconsin Considers Ordinance for Noisy, High Traffic Home Businesses" (May 4, 1999). The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that Fox Point, Wisconsin village officials are considering a noise ordinance that would deal with noise from home-based businesses. The issue was raised after several residents complained about a landscaping/snow removal business proprietor whose traffic and long-idling vehicles are disruptive.
Foxboro, Massachusetts, "New England Patriots' Coach Uses Leaf Blower to Prepare Team for Game in Noisy Stadium" (Sep. 27, 1997). The Boston Herald reports that the New England Patriots' coach, Pete Carroll, began training the team for an October 6 game against the Denver Broncos at Mile High Stadium by turning on an industrial strength leaf blower during practices. The Mile High Stadium is known for its loud crowd noise, which is a significant disadvantage for any visiting team, the article says. Coach Carroll wanted the team to practice running plays in an atmosphere where hearing signals is virtually impossible.
Foxboro, Massachusetts, "Plans for Proposed Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts Includes Access Road for Season-Ticket Traffic Which Some Residents Say Would Bring More Noise Into Their Neighborhood; Town Meeting Vote Overwhelmingly Approves the Stadium but Upcoming Vote Over the Road Is Less Assured" (Dec. 6, 1999). AP Online reports that plans for a proposed $225-million stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts includes an access road for season-ticket holders. The road would help certain fans avoid highway traffic, but residents worry it would bring increased noise to their neighborhood. At a recent town meeting the stadium was overwhelmingly approved. The access road will be the issue in a later vote, and a two-thirds majority will be required to approve it.
Frankfurt, Germany, "German Cabinet Approves New Plan to Reduce Noise and Air Pollution from Jets" (Sep. 19, 1997). The Journal of Commerce reports that the German Cabinet this week approved a new air-traffic environmental plan that calls for taxation of aircraft fuel and stricter requirements for aircraft to minimize harmful noise and air emissions. The plan was jointly proposed by the government ministries of Transportation and the Environment, the article notes.
Frankfurt, Germany, "Frankfurt, Germany's Airport Takes Proactive Stance on Noise as Part of Its Expansion Plan to Stay Number One Cargo Hub In Europe" (Sep. 21, 1999). The Journal of Commerce reports that the Airport in Frankfurt Germany, which is currently the number one cargo-hub in Europe, is trying to insure that it will stay at the top. Future expansion plans may add a fourth runway, new aircraft parking, and a new terminal. Noise measures that were undertaken to stem noise-related objections to expansion have resulted in 98% of the airports aircraft being in the quieter category. The Airport's location, and the fact that the second-largest air-cargo company in the world is based there, helps to keep Frankfurt competitive.
Franklin Lakes, New Jersey, "Judge Gives Railroad Another Month to Address Noise Complaints from Idling Engines at Franklin Lakes, New Jersey; Railroad Unsure If Adding Additional Tracks Elsewhere Is Feasible" (Nov. 11, 1999). The Record reports that New York's Susquehanna and Western Railway has been given another month by a municipal judge to address noise complaints. The railroad has been given seven summonses for train noise from engines that idle at night. The company is looking into adding additional track to form a spur in a more isolated section of town, but asked for more time to determine feasibility
Franklin, Indiana, "Orchard Owners Restricted On Methods To Frighten Birds" (Dec. 18, 1997). The Indianapolis News reports that an apple orchard and farm market will be allowed to expand after the Zoning Board restricted the use of noise devices to frighten birds.
Franklin, New Hampshire, "New Hampshire Town Rejects Racetrack Proposal" (Feb. 27, 1998). The Union Leader reports that the city zoning board in Franklin, New Hampshire unanimously turned down a developer's request for a special exception to build a race track. The board's decision last night was greeted by applause from the standing-room-only crowd at Franklin City Hall, the article notes.
Franklin, Wisconsin, "Police in Wisconsin City Are Given More Power to Issue Noise Citations" (Nov. 13, 1997). The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that the Common Council in Franklin, Wisconsin approved an amendment to the city's noise ordinance that give police officers greater discretion in deciding noise violations. Police officers will be able to issue a citation even if the decibel level of the noise doesn't violate city noise standards, the article says.
Franklin, Wisconsin, "Franklin, Wisconsin High School Tree Barrier -- to Control Noise and Exhaust Fumes for Neighbors -- Deemed Inadequate By Residents; School Says Barrier Is Inadequate Due to Resident's Input" (Nov. 23, 1999). The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that a natural barrier of evergreen trees -- which was supposed to protect neighbors of a Franklin, Wisconsin high school from noise and exhaust fumes -- has been deemed inadequate by the residents. School district officials claim that the evergreens are spaced as they are because some residents insisted on keeping black walnut trees on their property; when the leaves drop, the barrier is ineffective.
Franz Josef, New Zealand, "Public Health Report Regarding Greymouth, New Zealand Helipad Says Noise and Fumes Are Unreasonable, Sets Requirements for Improvement" (Aug. 17, 1999). The Press reports that after Franz Josef, New Zealand's Westland District Council received a public health report requiring noise and fume mitigation at a local helipad, a special committee developed possible solutions. These could include limitation of total helicopters to 9, relocation of the pad farther from residences, limitations on flights before 7 am and after 9 pm, and mitigation of noise from "ground operations."
Franz Josef, New Zealand, "Franz Josef, New Zealand Residents Want Noisy Helicopter Base to Relocate, but Operators Say That Would Hurt Business; Local Officials and Operators Have Tentatively Agreed to a Relocation Slightly Down-River" (Aug. 8, 1999). The Sunday Star-Times reports that residents in Franz Josef, New Zealand want a noisy helicopter base -- which serves mainly to shuttle tourists to and from the Franz Josef glacier -- to relocate. Some say helicopters bring in tourists, others say noise drives them away. Operators say they don't want to move their operation too far out of town, but are open to moving further down the river. Health reports and local officials have also supported a relocation.
Freehold, New Jersey, "Freehold, New Jersey Town Noise Ordinance Will Not Be Amended to Prohibit Barking Dogs During Daytime Hours" (Apr. 13, 2000). The Asbury Park Press reports that Helen Doane, a resident of Freehold, New Jersey, requested that the Freehold Borough Council amend its noise ordinance to read that barking dogs may not be left outside all day while their owners are gone. The Council refused to change the ordinance.
Freeport, Bahamas, "Navy Exercises Investigated After Death of Eight Beached Whales in Bahamas" (Mar. 21, 2000). According to an article by the Associated Press, the US Navy is under investigation because of the death of eight beached whales shortly after Navy sonar exercise in the northern Bahamas and an environmental group is calling for an end to the testing.
Fresno, California, "California Car Wash Under Construction Despite Angry Neighbors" (Dec. 21, 1997). The Fresno Bee reports that a commercial project that ignited protests from Woodward Park area residents in Fresno, California last year and sparked two lawsuits is under construction.
Fresno, California, "California Airport Expands and Undertakes Effort to Attract More Air Traffic" (Nov. 23, 1997). The Fresno Bee reports that the second phase of a three-phase expansion/renovation project at The Fresno (California) Yosemite International Airport started in August and should be completed by February. The project involves concerted efforts to attract more air traffic to the airport, the article says. The article describes the project at length, and mentions in passing that airport neighbors have brought forward some concerns about increased noise from the expansion.
Fresno, California, "California Freeway Expansions Create Controversy" (Jan. 4, 1998). The Fresno Bee reports about the concerns raised by freeway expansions for Freeways 168 and 41 and Highway 180 in Fresno, California.
Fresno, California, "California Planning Commission Votes to Skip Environmental Study in Converting Residentially Zoned Land to Commercially Zoned Land" (Jul. 16, 1998). The Fresno Bee reports that the Planning Commission in Fresno, California voted unanimously Wednesday to consider the question of re-zoning 26 acres of land from residential to commercial uses without conducting an environmental impact report. As a result, the article says, the city will decide in August whether to re-zone the land. Staff members at the city planning department and some residents opposed re-zoning the site without an environmental report to assess the impacts of re-zoning on traffic, noise, and aesthetics.
Fresno, California, "Fresno, CA, Airport to Replace Hay-Bale Hush House; Metal Muffles Airplane Engine Noise More Effectively" (Nov. 20, 1998). The Fresno Bee reports plans are underway to construct a new, more effective "hush house" at California's Fresno Yosemite International Airport.
Fruit Heights, Utah, "Fruit Heights, Utah Business Owners Protest Installation of Highway Sound Barrier" (Mar. 29, 2000). The Salt Lake Tribune reports that two businesses in Fruit Heights, Utah are angry that the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) has installed a sound wall along U.S. Route 89 in front of their businesses, blocking drivers' view of the businesses from the highway, possibly causing them to lose business, and devaluing their real estate.
Ft. Lewis, Washington, "Nightime Army Training in Ft. Lewis, Washington Means an Increase in Noise" (Apr. 18, 2000). According to the News Tribute, gunfire and demolition sounds will disturb nights for neighbors of Ft. Lewis as the army conducts nighttime combat training
Fullerton, California, "Residents in California City Battle Fraternities Over Noise" (Nov. 12, 1997). The Orange County Register reports that residents in a neighborhood of Fullerton, California are angry about the noise and activities of the six fraternity houses located there. The article says the clash between the students and residents has escalated in recent months, causing police to adopt a zero-tolerance policy with the fraternities, and city officials to call for meetings with university representatives. The Fullerton Planning Commission is set to discuss the issue on November 19.
Fulton County, Georgia, "Clay Shooting Range in Jenkins County, Georgia Prohibited from Operating on Sundays" (Apr. 10, 2000). The Fulton County Daily Report reports that a clay shooting range at Hanging Rocks Plantation in Jenkins County, Georgia had a lawsuit filed against it last year by Leroy Clayton, who complained of noise from the firing range. He won the case, and in March the shooting range was told it must not conduct sport shooting on Sundays on property adjacent to Clayton's land. Clayton was not awarded monetary damages in the case.
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