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FL, Orlando, "Orlando, FL Journalist Bemoans Country's Increasing Volume" (Jun. 13, 1999). The Orlando Sentinel Tribune ran an opinion piece by reporter Kate Santich, who worries people are too accepting of this country's increasing level of noise.
FL, Tampa, "New Tampa, FL Noise Ordinance Has Residents Asking for More Restrictions, Bar Owners for Less" (Jun. 11, 1999). The St. Petersberg Times reports Tampa resident have long requested a stricter noise ordinance, but business-- particularly bar -- owners say they cannot exist under the proposed new limits.
FL, Tavares, "Tavares, FL City Council to Vote on Stricter Noise Ordinance" (Jun. 15, 1999). The Orlando Sentinel Tribune reports the Tavares City Council will vote on a stricter noisie ordinance.
FL, Tavares, "Tavares, Florida City Council Postpones Passage of Noise Ordinance; More Objective Definitions Needed" (Jun. 17, 1999). The Orlando Sentinel Tribune reports the Tavares City Council has postponed the passage of a new noise ordinance until it can create more objectives standards for the law.
Fl., Palm Beach, "AIRPORT'S REBATE PROGRAM HELPS LAND QUIETER FLIGHTS (May 30 1999). According to the Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel, airport officials at Palm Beach International Airport are paying airlines over $200,000 in rebates if they use quieter airliners." (May 30, 1999). The Sun-Sentinel reports that at Palm Beach International Airport(PBIA), more money means less noise.The Sun-Sentinel reports that PBIA officials can find no other airport that saw as much of a reduction.The article also quoted Waters regarding the protocol airlines must follow the regulations. "If a carrier backslides from quarter to quarter, or if they increase number of nighttime Stage 2 operations, they get nothing," she said.
Fl., Palm Beach, "Airport's Rebate Program To Aid in Quiter Flights" (May 30, 1999). According to the Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel, airport officials at Palm Beach International Airport (PBIA) are paying airlines over $200,000 in rebates if they use quieter airliners.
Florida area, Fort Lauderdale, "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:
Florida area, Fort Lauderdale, "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.
Florida area, Jacksonville, "Florida Residents Living Near Proposed Lakeshore Park Are Worried About Noise" (Nov. 15, 1997). The Florida Times-Union reports that residents in Eagle Harbor, in the Jacksonville, Florida area, are worried about the county's plans to build a 3-acre recreational park on Doctors Lake off Lakeshore Drive North, because of the potential noise from loud, late-night music. The county planning commission will hold a public hearing on the matter on December 2, and will decide the matter on December 23.
Florida area, Orlando, "Resident Says if Florida Airport Allowed to Grow, Noise and Safety Problems Will Worsen" (Aug. 3, 1997). The Orlando Sentinel Tribune printed the following letter-to-the-editor from Robert Betts, a Lake Mary, Florida resident, regarding noise problems from the Orlando-Sanford Airport:
Florida area, Orlando, "Florida Resident Challenges Newspaper to Investigate Aircraft Noise Issue More Thoroughly" (Jun. 15, 1997). The Orlando Sentinel printed the following letter-to-the-editor from Doug McGrigor, a Maitland, Florida resident, regarding noise levels from aircraft at the Orlando Sanford Airport:
Florida area, Orlando, "Noise and Safety are Both Problems with Orlando Sanford Airport" (Jun. 15, 1997). The Orlando Sentinel printed the following letter-to-the-editor from Edward Thomas, a Lake Mary, Florida resident, regarding noise and safety issues at the Orlando Sanford Airport:
Florida area, Tampa, "Florida Residents Protest Proposal for Industrial Zone Near Their Homes" (Nov. 29, 1997). The Tampa Tribune reports that residents in Thonotosassa near Tampa, Florida are protesting that allowing a property on U.S. 301 to be rezoned to allow commercial intensive uses could cause inappropriate development in an area that has much residential development. County commissioners, meanwhile, have asked the owner of the property for a site plan for the warehouse distribution facility proposed for the site, along with a request to rezone the property.
Florida, Arlington, "Florida Town Meeting Focuses on Noise and River Pollution" (Nov. 26, 1997). The Florida Times-Union reports that a town meeting in Arlington, Florida was held Thursday by City Councilor John Crescimbeni, and was attended by about 35 residents. The main topics of discussion were the health of the St. Johns River and noise pollution from concerts at Alltel Stadium.
Florida, Arlington, "Residents in Arlington, Florida Don't Want Runway Expansion at Craig Municipal Airport" (Jun. 5, 1999). The Florida Times-Union reports that a residents in Arlington, Florida are worried that a proposed $6 million, 2,000 foot runway extension at Craig Municipal Airport would increase air traffic to a point inappropriate for their small community. The airport currently has two 4,000-foot runways; the extension would allow larger -- but still relatively small -- general aviation airplanes currently using Jacksonville International Airport to use Craig instead.
Florida, Atlantic Beach, "Elevated Vehicle Ramp Noise Lower Than Original Projections" (Feb. 16, 2000). According to the Florida Times Union, a newly constructed elevated vehicle ramp won't be so loud as Atlantic Beach commissioners originally thought, and the cost of noise reduction solutions will be lower as a result.
Florida, Bartow, "Florida Community Prepares To Revamp Noise Ordinance" (Dec. 10, 1997). The Ledger reports that the Polk County, Florida 5-year-old noise ordinance needs to be fine-tuned to make it easier to enforce, county commissioners were told Tuesday.
Florida, Bartow, "Residents of Future Florida Community Notified about Noise from Bartow Airport" (Apr. 7, 1998). The Ledger reports officials representing Florida's Bartow Municipal Airport and those from the nearby Old Florida Plantation said they've reached an agreement on informing residents at the prospective community about noise from overflying aircraft.
Florida, Bartow, "Florida Residents Ban All-Night Dance Festivals" (Mar. 4, 1998). The Ledger of Lakeland, Florida, reports a new law placing restrictions on outdoor concerts in Polk County was approved recently after last year's all-night dance festival outraged neighbors.
Florida, Bartow, "Sheriff's Office and County Commissioners in Bartow, Florida Disagree on Enforcement of Noise Laws on Businesses; Commission Wants to Criminalize Commercial Noise, While Sheriff Disagrees" (Nov. 28, 1999). The Ledger reports that County Commissioners and the Sheriff's Office in Bartow, Florida disagree on whether to criminalize commercial noise violations. County commissioners want to criminalize commercial noise, while the sheriff's office believes it should remain a code-enforcement and nuisance law issue. The commissioners have postponed a vote to eliminate the current noise exemption for businesses to search for a compromise.
Florida, Bartow, "Florida Noise Amendment Rejected by County Commissioners and State's Attorney" (Jan. 12, 2000). According to the Ledger, county commissioners in Barstow, Florida rejected an amendment that imposed criminal penalties for businesses that make excessive noise.
Florida, Beach Park, "Tampa International Airport in Florida Attempts to Crack Down on Pilots Who Insist on Creating More Jet Noise by Using Convenient Runway" (Apr. 1, 2000). The Tampa Tribune reports that residents in Beach Park, Florida have complained about noise from aircraft approaching Tampa International Airport. Pilots are not supposed to fly over Beach Park because of repeated noise complaints. But some pilots still take the route over Beach Park nonetheless, in order to save time.
Florida, Biscayne and Everglades National Parks, "Environmental Group Joins Appeal of Homestead Air Force Base Permit in Florida" (Oct. 24, 1997). The following wire report was released by US Newswire of Washington, DC, about the National Parks and Conversation Association's recent action regarding a permit for the re-development of Homestead Air Force Base in southern Florida.
Florida, Boca Raton, "Aircraft Noise Debate Continues in Florida City" (Aug. 10, 1997). The Palm Beach Post reports that complaints about aircraft noise have been increasing in variety, number, and ferocity in Boca Raton, Florida and surrounding communities. Recent debate has focused on the planned $1 million construction of an air-traffic control tower for the Boca Raton Airport next year, which opponents believe will attract more air traffic and noise. Meanwhile, a resident on a noise committee formed earlier this year said the committee has not been very effective so far.
Florida, Boca Raton, "Debate Continues About Whether an Airport Control Tower Will Increase or Lower Noise in a Florida City" (Aug. 20, 1997). The Sun-Sentinel reports that debate continues in Boca Raton, Florida over whether an airport control tower at Boca Raton Airport, scheduled for construction by the end of the year, will reduce or increase noise levels. On Tuesday, Philip Jones, an air controller for RVA Associates Inc., the company that would run the tower planned for the airport, told members of the airport's noise advisory committee that a tower can help improve noise problems by permitting air traffic controllers to tell pilots to use specific flight routes that avoid residential areas.
Florida, Boca Raton, "Florida City Officials and Residents Question the Effectiveness of Airport Noise Committee" (Aug. 27, 1997). The Sun-Sentinel reports that the City Council in Boca Raton, Florida has asked to meet with the Airport Authority for the second time in three months over allegations that the recently formed Noise Compatibility Advisory Committee is ineffective. The article says one member of the noise committee resigned last week, and other members complained at a City Council workshop on Monday that the committee is ineffective.
Florida, Boca Raton, "Small-Plane Pilots and Residents Join Forces to Oppose Florida Airport Expansion" (Jul. 13, 1997). The Sun-Sentinel reports that two unlikely groups have joined forces to oppose the expansion of the Boca Raton (Florida) Airport: homeowners and pilots of small planes. The newly formed Boca Raton Aviation Club, a group of small-plane pilots, wants to lease some of vacant land at the airport to create a pilots' cooperative that would offer lower gas and storage prices. Both the pilots and the homeowners want to curb expansion that they fear will increase jet traffic at the busy airport.
Florida, Boca Raton, "Florida Ice Cream Man Arrested for Noise Violation" (Jun. 7, 1997). The Palm Beach Post reports that police in Boca Raton, Florida busted ice cream vendor Brian Calvert on May 30 for failing to have a permit to sell ice cream in the city, and playing music to draw customers, thereby violating the city noise ordinance.
Florida, Boca Raton, "Makeup of New Advisory Noise Panel in Florida City Frustrates Citizens Group" (Jun. 5, 1997). The Palm Beach Post reports that the Boca Raton (Florida) Airport Authority Wednesday created a noise advisory committee to study noise issues at the Boca Raton Airport. Although the authority created slots for six residents on the panel, including three residents from the Boca Raton Airport Action Group, the residents from the citizens group would not be permitted to represent the group on the panel. This move has angered the citizens group, which first raised the noise complaints.
Florida, Boca Raton, "Advisory Noise Committee to Hold its First Meeting in Boca Raton, Florida" (Jun. 16, 1997). The Sun-Sentinel reports that the 17-member Noise Compatibility Advisory Committee in Boca Raton, Florida will meet for the first time on Tuesday. The committee, which consists of pilots, airport officials, city officials, and community representatives, will meet regularly to discuss noise and growth issues at the Boca Raton Airport.
Florida, Boca Raton, "Florida City Outlaws Ice Cream Truck Noise" (Jun. 20, 1997). The Palm Beach Post reports in an editorial that noise from ice cream trucks is against the law in Boca Raton, Florida. The editorial writer goes on to lament that ice cream trucks have had their friendly bells and music taken away, and to say that silent ice cream trucks are ridiculous.
Florida, Boca Raton, "Florida Airport and Developer Considering Deal to Prevent Future Homeowners from Suing Against Noise" (Jun. 12, 1997). The Palm Beach Post reports that the Boca Raton (Florida) Airport Authority will vote today on whether to pay a developer several hundred thousand dollars to prevent future homeowners on a 78-acre parcel of land near the airport from suing about noise. The authority is considering purchasing the "avigation rights" for the land north of the Boca Raton Municipal Airport.
Florida, Boca Raton, "Florida Airport Authority Makes Deal to Prohibit Lawsuits From Future Residents" (Jun. 13, 1997). The Sun-Sentinel reports that the Boca Raton (Florida) Airport Authority Thursday approved a $1 million deal that makes it illegal for future residents on a 78-acre parcel of undeveloped land next to the airport's runway to sue the airport due to problems associated with planes flying overhead. The deal, called "avigation" easement, stipulates that future homeowners cannot sue the airport for problems such as noise, vibrations, odors, or vapors. In addition, the airport will have the right to use the airspace over the land parcel without restriction, and this will be written into the deeds.
Florida, Boca Raton, "15,000 Florida Residents Join Alliance to Curb Jet Traffic" (May 13, 1997). The Sun-Sentinel reports that members of the Boca Raton (Florida) Airport Action Group, a new alliance of 14 homeowners' associations representing an estimated 15,000 residents, appeared before the City Council Monday and demanded that jet traffic at Boca Raton Airport be curbed and that the airport be brought back under city control.
Florida, Boca Raton, "Airport Officials in Florida City Say Noise Study Shows No Curfew Needed" (May 21, 1997). The Sun-Sentinel reports that the Boca Raton (Florida) Airport Authority today will unveil a study expected to show no major increase in aircraft noise over the past few years. The study comes at a critical time, when plans for an airport expansion are being met by opposition from organized residents and the city council. The article says that the study results are not expected to dissuade opponents from continuing to call for a flight curfew at the airport.
Florida, Boca Raton, "Florida Airport Responds To Residential Concerns" (May 22, 1997). The Sun-Sentinel reports that the Airport Authority, the City Council, and federal and state aviation officials will be meeting to discuss future airport expansion at the Boca Raton (Florida) Airport. Expansion includes construction of a control tower and the push for a mandetory flight curfew at the airport. Mayor Carol Hanson made motions last month for a mandatory curfew. According to the article, because of a recent change in federal regulation, mandatory regulations are difficult to pass. The Federal Aviation Administration has not approved a mandatory curfew since 1990. The article says that local activist groups are joining forces to voice their say about the airport's expansion.
Florida, Boca Raton, "Florida City Mayor Ready to Fight FAA on Local Control Over Airport Noise Issues" (May 24, 1997). The Sun-Sentinel reports that Boca Raton, Florida Mayor Carol Hanson on Friday called on the area's congressional delegation to either ease a federal law restricting flight curfews or give airports the power to fine or ban pilots who ignore noise reduction measures.
Florida, Boca Raton, "Florida City Struggles to Accept That It Can't Enforce Local Noise Restrictions" (May 23, 1997). The Palm Beach Post reports that at a joint meeting Thursday between between the Boca Raton (Florida) City Council and the airport authority to discuss noise issues from the Boca Raton Municipal Airport, members were frustrated to learn that the airport has no power to enforce noise-reduction measures. At a meeting Wednesday, pilots and residents also addressed the issue at the airport authority's monthly meeting.
Florida, Boca Raton, "Noise Opponents of Florida Airport Told Local Restrictions Are Against Federal Law" (May 22, 1997). The Palm Beach Post reports that at a meeting Wednesday, residents called on the Boca Raton (Florida) Municipal Airport to find ways to cut that noise. The Boca Raton Airport Authority responded that FAA rules limit them from doing much, but said that much noise would lessen if pilots would follow voluntary noise rules the airport has established.
Florida, Boca Raton, "Parties Concerned with Florida Airport Growth Should Gather to Discuss Issues" (May 7, 1997). The Sun-Sentinel printed an editorial in which residents, pilots, and the Airport Authority of the Boca Raton (Florida) Airport are encouraged to sit down together and work out reasonable procedures to deal with aircraft noise that can be reviewed by the Federal Aviation Administration.
Florida, Boca Raton, "Florida Airport Bans Nighttime and Weekend Touch-And-Go Training Maneuvers" (Nov. 20, 1997). The Sun-Sentinel reports that the Airport Authority in Boca Raton, Florida on Wednesday voted unanimously to ban touch-and-go training maneuvers at night and on weekends from the Boca Raton Municipal Airport in an effort to reduce noise. Touch-and-go landings, which are repetitive landings and take-offs by student pilots for training purposes, will be limited to weekdays between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., to take effect on January 1. The ban was recommended by an airport noise committee created several months ago to suggest ways to curb noise at the growing airport. The Pompano Beach Air Park instituted a similar ban on touch-and-go maneuvers in the past year, and as a result, the maneuvers have increased at Boca Raton, the article explains.
Florida, Boca Raton, "Florida Airport Officials Say City's Growth is Fueling Air Traffic Growth" (Oct. 17, 1997). The Sun-Sentinel reports that a joint meeting between the Boca Raton (Florida) City Council and the airport authority was held Thursday to discuss noise problems at the airport. At the meeting, airport officials said the city's growth is the major reason for the increase in plane traffic. Nevertheless, airport authority officials agreed to create a report gauging what impact the expansion of Boca Aviation, the airport's sole maintenance operator, will have on the airport and nearby neighborhoods. The article says that Boca Aviation plans to build 38 new hangars, new offices, and an 8,000-square-foot jet maintenance center.
Florida, Boca Raton, "Florida City Airport Officials Request New Federally Funded Noise Study" (Sep. 16, 1997). The Sun-Sentinel reports that airport officials in Boca Raton, Florida will request Wednesday that the Airport Authority seek federal funding for a new noise study for the city airport called a Part 150 study. The action comes in the midst of continued criticism over airport officials' response to resident concerns about aircraft noise.
Florida, Boca Raton, "Boca Council Member Pushes to Fine Violators of Nighttime Flight Curfews" (Apr. 14, 1998). The Sun-Sentinel reports a Boca Raton City Council member is proposing a resolution that would fine violators of nighttime flight curfews at Boca Raton Airport.
Florida, Boca Raton, "Editorial Approves Attempts to Quiet Planes at Florida Airport" (Apr. 17, 1998). The Sun-Sentinel printed an editorial that argues that city officials in Boca Raton, Florida should continue their attempts to quiet jets at the Boca Raton Municipal Airport. In addition, the editorial says that progress toward effective noise-abatement procedures will ultimately depend mostly on the voluntary compliance of pilots and airlines, and they should help preserve Boca Raton's high quality of life.
Florida, Boca Raton, "Federal Aviation Administration Rejects Florida City's Plan to Quiet Aircraft Noise" (Apr. 23, 1998). The Sun-Sentinel reports that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Wednesday rejected a resolution proposed by City Councilor Bill Glass in Boca Raton, Florida to impose curfews on noisy jets at the Boca Raton Airport. The article says that Dean Stringer, an FAA official, told members of the Boca Raton Airport Authority that if the resolution passes, the airport could lose funding from the FAA and Florida Department of Transportation, and could open itself up to lawsuits.
Florida, Boca Raton, "City Council Calls for Curfew at Boca Raton Airport in Effort to Put Officials on Notice" (Apr. 30, 1998). The Sun-Sentinel reports the Boca Raton, Florida, City Council this week approved a resolution mandating airport officials impose a voluntary night curfew, notify all pilots who violate it, and pursue federal approval for a mandatory ban on night flights.
Florida, Boca Raton, "Land Purchase by Boca Airport Could Create Noise Buffer Zone" (May 2, 1998). The Palm Beach Post reports the Boca Raton Airport is trying to buy property close once planned for residential development to provide a noise buffer between the airport and nearby neighborhoods.
Florida, Boca Raton, "Florida Airport Tower Put On Hold" (Jan. 17, 1998). Saturday reports that a Federal Aviation Administration ruling concerning the Boca Raton Airport will freeze up funds that would allow for a new control tower. The tower is controversial because its completion would allow for heavier traffic at the Boca Raton airport. Area residents fear the noise that more traffic would bring, while city officials fear the current air traffic congestion as a safety hazard.
Florida, Boca Raton, "Boac Raton, Florida Airport Adopts Ban on Touch-And-Go Maneuvers In Effort to Reduce Noise" (Jan. 7, 1998). The Sun-Sentinel reports that Boca Raton (Florida) Airport recently instituted a weekend and nighttime ban on touch-and-go maneuvers - repetitive takeoffs and landings by student pilots for training purposes. The ban was one of several recommendations from the Airport Noise Compatibility Committee, an advisory group created by the Airport Authority to boost communication and improve the relationship between pilots, airport officials and homeowners.
Florida, Boca Raton, "Florida City Council Rules That Resident Must Get Rid of Basketball Court" (Jul. 22, 1998). The Press Journal reports that the code enforcement board in Boca Raton, Florida voted 3-2 Monday that a resident has to get rid of a concrete slab in a vacant lot used as a makeshift basketball court because she couldn't produce a permit for the slab, which was poured in 1965. The issue arose when a resident who lives near the vacant lot complained about the noise from the basketball games.
Florida, Boca Raton, "New Noise Group Aims to Silence Critics of Boca Raton Airport" (Jun. 25, 1998). The Sun-Sentinel reports a new group, Supporters of Aviation Resources Inc., (SOAR), says complaints about airplane noise during the past year have been exaggerated. Its aim is to silence criticism of the Boca Raton Airport.
Florida, Boca Raton, "Florida Airport's New Noise Officer Makes Enforcement Priority" (Mar. 17, 1998). The Sun-Sentinel of Fort Lauderdale reports the city's Airport Authority on Monday appointed a new noise abatement officer.
Florida, Boca Raton, "Airport Advisory Committee Holds Limited Power to Reduce Noise in Boca Raton" (May 5, 1998). The Palm Beach Post reports Boca Raton, Florida, residents heard from members of an advisory committee on airport noise Monday. The committee listed its accomplishments but acknowledged their limited power to decrease airport noise.
Florida, Boca Raton, "Boca Resident Wants to Know Who Controls Noisy Trains" (May 6, 1998). The Sun-Sentinel published an editorial by Boca Raton resident, Louis N. Gordon. In his letter to the editor, Mr. Gordon asks who has jurisdiction over noise from nearby railroad tracks. Mr. Gordon wrote:
Florida, Boca Raton, "City Council Member Pushes for Noise Study at Boca Raton Airport" (May 5, 1998). The Sun-Sentinel reports a public forum, sponsored by Florida's Boca Raton Airport Noise Compatibility Advisory Committee, was held Monday to update residents about changes made by the airport to reduce noise and give residents an opportunity to speak about the noise problem.
Florida, Boca Raton, "FAA Says Noise Study for Florida Airport Not a Priority" (Nov. 20, 1998). The Sun-Sentinel reports a study Florida's Boca Raton Airport must complete before it can further restrict noisy airplanes will not be conducted in the near future, if at all.
Florida, Boca Raton, "Neighbors Disagree over Sound Walls along Florida's U. S. 441" (Apr. 12, 1999). Tthe Sun-Sentinel reports not all residents are in favor of sound walls along U.S. 441 that cuts through Boca Raton, Florida, despite the planned expansion of the road from two to six lanes.
Florida, Boca Raton, "Bill Passed to Change Method of Appointments to Boca Raton, Florida's Airport Authority" (Apr. 30, 1999). The Sun-Sentinel reports that the Florida Legislature passed a bill that will change the way that members are appointed to the Airport Authority in Boca Raton, Florida. Members of the Boca Raton Airport Action Group say have said that some of the current five members on the airport authority are "arrogant, contentious, and disingenuous." The new bill will create a seven-person authority; previously, members had been appointed by the Chamber of Commerce, but now the City Council will appoint five while the County Commission will select two. Three of the city's choices must live east of the airport, and one must live to the west; these stipulations help to insure that authority members will understand what it's like to live in a flight path. The bill is intended to make the authority more understanding and responsive to residents' concerns.
Florida, Boca Raton, "Florida's Department of Transportation Will Recommend Whether and How to Build Sound Walls on U.S. 441 Near Boca Raton; Public Hearings Have Split Between Those Wanting Quiet and Those Wanting Aesthetics" (Apr. 27, 1999). The Sun-Sentinel reports that the Florida Department of Transportation (DOT) will make its recommendation next week to the Federal Highway Department on whether and how to build noise walls on U.S. 441 near Boca Raton. Residents have been split between those wanting relief from growing traffic noise, and those who believe the 18-foot walls will ruin their views and property values, creating "a walled city."
Florida, Boca Raton, "Complaints of Boca Airport Noise Intensify" (Feb. 18, 1999). The Sun-Sentinel reports residents' complaints about noise from jets flying to and from Florida's Boca Raton Airport are getting louder.
Florida, Boca Raton, "Florida Politicians and Residents Rally at Boca Raton Airport for More Representation on Airport Board" (Feb. 20, 1999). The Sun-Sentinel reports protesters gathered at Florida's Boca Raton Airport on Friday to win greater representation on the airport's governing board and more control over noise.
Florida, Boca Raton, "Airport Noise is the Divisive Issue for Local Candidates in Boca Raton, Florida" (Mar. 2, 1999). The Sun-Sentinel reports noise from Florida's Boca Raton Airport is the issue to debate with local elections a week away.
Florida, Boca Raton, "Endorsement: Vote Yes on Expanding Boca Raton Airport Authority" (Mar. 6, 1999). The Palm Beach Post published an editorial giving the newspaper's endorsement of a YES vote on the question of whether Boca Raton Airport should expand the authority to seven members in give more voice to city residents.
Florida, Boca Raton, "First in US: Naples, Florida, Succeeds in Banning Stage 1 Jets; Other Airport Communities Want Same" (Mar. 6, 1999). The Sun-Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale) reports Naples Airport, Florida, is the first in the United States to receive Federal Aviation Administration approval to ban noisy Stage 1 jets.
Florida, Boca Raton, "Florida's Boca Raton Airport Considers PR to Quiet Noise Complaints" (Feb. 13, 1999). The Sun-Sentinel reports Florida's Boca Raton Airport Authority may hire a public relations firm to improve its image with the public who is fed up with jet noise.
Florida, Boca Raton, "Residents in Boca Raton, Florida, Object to Industrial-Like Sound Walls" (Feb. 12, 1999). The Palm Beach Post reports residents along Florida's State Road 7 object to the aesthetics of federally mandated sound walls that will soon enclose their communities.
Florida, Boca Raton, "Action Group wants Ban on Night Flights at Boca Raton Airport" (Mar. 14, 1999). The Palm Beach Post reports Boca Raton, Florida, resident Ellen Lohr who lives northeast of the airport, wants a nighttime ban on all planes and wants a complete ban on what the Federal Aviation Administration calls "Stage One" planes, the loudest and oldest of aircraft. The FAA recently allowed the Naples airport to ban Stage One planes at night. The number of jets taking off and landing at the Boca Raton airport has dramatically increased in the last ten years. In 1990, there were just eight jets based at the airport. Today there are 45. And takeoffs and landings have jumped 42 percent in that time, from 96,000 in 1990 to 136,700 last year - one every four minutes if spread over every hour of every day. The airport's noise hot line logged 318 complaints in January and February, more than triple the amount from the same period last year. About half were for nighttime flights, though most flights occur during the day. When Ellen Lohr moved to Boca Raton in 1990, she fell in love with a relatively quiet South Florida suburb. Now, she's afraid it's turning into a transportation hub. "The planes here, they zoom over the houses," she said. "You can't talk, you can't sleep. It's gotten horrible. Since I've been living here, the quality of my life has severely deteriorated as a result of the noise from the airport," said Lohr, who founded the Boca Raton Airport Action Group (BRAAG) in 1996.
Florida, Boca Raton, "Florida's Boca Raton Airport Begins Noise Study with FAA Grant" (Mar. 19, 1999). The Sun-Sentinel reports Florida's Boca Raton Airport Authority received a federal grant Thursday for a noise study.
Florida, Boca Raton, "Letter: Former Chairman of Florida's Boca Raton Airport Authority Highlights Noise-Reduction Accomplishments of Group" (Mar. 12, 1999). The Sun-Sentinel published the following letter from George W. Blank, past chairman of the Boca Raton Airport Authority and Chairman Emeritus, Federation of Boca Raton Homeowner Associations. Mr. Blank writes to advocate for the Airport Authority and inform readers of the work accomplished towards reducing noise during his tenure:
Florida, Boca Raton, "Many Residents in Boca Raton, Florida Want Smaller Highway Noise Wall Atop Berm Instead of Larger, Less Attractive Wall" (May 6, 1999). The Palm Beach Post reports that about 150 residents in Boca Raton, Florida gathered for a rally against a proposed 16-foot to 18-foot noise wall between their homes and U.S. Route 441. Instead, they want an 8-foot wall atop an existing 8-foot berm, which they say would be equally effective and more attractive that the proposed "prison setting." The Department of Transportation says it doesn't have money to buy extra land for berms, and that it's too far along in the process to change plans. Three federal legislators vowed to help residents, saying that a delay is worth it if a more acceptable compromise can be reached.
Florida, Boca Raton, "Residents and State Officials Near Boca Raton Disagree on Noise Walls. On the Turnpike, Residents Who Want Walls Won't Get Them; On State Route 7 Walls Are Planned Despite Resident Protests" (Sep. 16, 1999). The Palm Beach Post reports that near Boca Raton, Florida, residents and officials can't agree on the subject of noise walls. On the turnpike, residents want noise walls but the state claims that not enough residents are affected by traffic noise. On State Route 7, the state plans to erect noise walls despite protests from many residents over the walls' appearance. The double standard is caused by different sources of funding.
Florida, Boca Raton, "Automated Horn System that Places Warning Horns at Rail Intersections Instead of On Trains Tested in Boca Raton, Florida" (Sep. 9, 1999). The Sun-Sentinel reports that residents of Boca Raton, Florida seemed enthusiastic after City-Council-sponsored tests of an Automated Horn System at rail crossings. The system places horns at the intersection and focuses them only on the intersection. City Council is considering a free six-month trial of the $15,000 systems. Florida has had night-time bans on train whistles in the past; after being judged too dangerous, the bans are being allowed again if $200,000 four-quadrant gates are installed to prevent cars from sneaking around the gates. Boca Raton is not near the top of the state's priority list for receiving the gates, and so the Automated Horn System is an attractive option.
Florida, Boynton Beach, "Noise Barrier is Extended in Florida to Protect Elementary School" (Sep. 4, 1997). The Palm Beach Post reports that the Forest Park Elementary School in Boynton Beach, Florida will receive a noise barrier to protect it from noise pollution from Interstate 95. The Florida Department of Transportation reconsidered its earlier decision not to build the barrier behind the school.
Florida, Boynton Beach, "Florida Limits Homes Near Highways; Fears Losing Federal Money for Sound Walls" (Nov. 21, 1998). The Sun-Sentinel reports a federal policy limiting home construction near highways is threatening to stop a controversial housing project west of Boynton Beach, Florida.
Florida, Boynton, Florida and Ocean Ridge, "Florida's Sleep Deprived Residents in Ocean Ridge Complain about Restaurant's Amplified Music; Restaurant Owners Say They Will Conduct Self-Monitoring of Noise Levels" (Jun. 12, 1998). The Sun-Sentinel reports that residents living at Ocean Ridge complain they have gotten little sleep for the last 1 1/2 years due to the amplified music that plays at the Banana Boat Restaurant located across from the Intracoastal Waterway in Boynton Beach. Restaurant owners, Tom Blum and John Therien, are looking into the issue and have said they will monitor the noise levels when bands play Thursday through Sunday evenings.
Florida, Brandenton, "Letter to the Editor Trashes Airboats as an Annoyance and a Danger to Fishermen, Wildlife, and Residents" (Oct. 15, 1999). Sarasota Herald-Tribune prints a letter to the editor from a Brandenton, Florida man concerned about the impact of airboats. He says that their noise and intrusiveness are a problem for residents, wildlife, and fishermen. Further, he says that the decibel-based ordinance passed in a nearby community is unenforceable.
Florida, Brandon, "Residents in Brandon, Florida, Complain about Noise from Students in Portable Classrooms" (Nov. 1, 1997). The Tampa Tribune reports that noise is one complaint that residents in Brandon, Florida, have about the use of portable classrooms that are parked at the McLane Middle School. Other complaints about the trailers and portables range from decreasing property values to unpleasant smells from the portable toilets to the inconvenience caused by portions of streets blocked off during school hours so that children can cross the streets safely.
Florida, Brevard County, "Proponents of Florida Airboat Ban Expect "Battle;" Boaters Plan Demonstration" (May 15, 1998). The Press Journal of Vero Beach, Florida, reports airboaters are organizing a demonstration on Sunday to protest a possible ordinance prohibiting airboats from operating in the Sebastian and Indian Rivers.
Florida, Brevard County, "Florida Airboat Owners Demonstrate on River Hoping to Prevent Ban" (May 18, 1998). The Press Journal reports the owners of airboats took guests on a "trail ride" to protest a proposed ban being considered by Florida's Indian River and Brevard counties. Airboat owners hoped to prove noise complaints were unfounded.
Florida, Brooksville, "Shock Jock Defends His Loud but Legal Nightclub at County Commission in Hernando County, Florida" (May 12, 1999). The St. Petersburg Times reports that Clem, a radio shock-jock in Hernando County, Florida visited the County Commission to defend his nightclub against noise complaints. The nightclub is within the local noise ordinance limits, but neighbors are still complaining. Clem has pledged to install noise-blocking panels, and pays off-duty sheriffs deputies to patrol the parking lot on weekends, and insists that he is doing nothing wrong.
Florida, Clay County, "Clay County, Florida Commissioners Consider Revising Ordinance to Make it More Objective" (Jan. 1, 2000). The Florida Times-Union reports that commissioners in Clay County, Florida are considering a revision of their noise ordinance to make it more objective.
Florida, Clearwater, "Florida Library Patrons Disturbed by Noise from Kids in the Children's Section" (Aug. 15, 1997). The St. Petersburg Times reports that patrons of the Countryside library branch in Clearwater, Florida have complained about children's voices carrying through the building ever since the library opened nine years ago. The children's section is not separated from the rest of the library in a separate room, and proposals for an addition to the library to solve the problem have met with funding limitations, the article explains.
Florida, Clermont, "Florida Residents Fight Proposed Sand-Mining Operation" (Nov. 27, 1997). The Orlando Sentinel Tribune reports that mining company Tarmac America has plans to move a sand-mining operation in Clermont, Florida to a 321-acre parcel of land in south Lake County off Hartwood Marsh Road. Residents near the proposed site are gearing up to fight the plan, which they say will drain or taint water supplies, cause excessive noise, and disrupt the calm atmosphere of the rural neighborhood.
Florida, Coral Springs, "Florida Residents Fight with Business Owners Over Early Morning Noise" (Nov. 17, 1997). The Sun-Sentinel reports that residents in a Coral Springs, Florida neighborhood are angry about the early morning noise from businesses near their homes. Meanwhile, businesses are angry about the city ordinance that stipulates they can't open until 8 a.m. due to noise constraints, and are arguing they should be allowed to open at 7 a.m. The City Commission will discuss the ordinance at a second public hearing Tuesday evening.
Florida, Coral Springs, "Florida Community Considers Revision Of Noise Ordinance" (Nov. 28, 1997). The Sun-Sentinel reports that the Coral Springs (Florida) City Commission has tabled a proposed change to the city's noise ordinance that would allow businesses to be open an extra hour.
Florida, Coral Springs, "Florida Judge Pronounces Noise Ordinance Unconstitutional" (Mar. 12, 1998). The Sun-Sentinel reports that a county judge has ruled the Coral Springs, Florida noise ordinance unconstitutional, saying it is "vague and overbroad."
Florida, Dade City, "Legal Worries Complicate Passage of Florida County Noise Ordinance" (Jun. 18, 1997). The St. Petersburg Times reports that the Pasco County (Florida) Commission and sheriff's office have been trying to create and pass a noise ordinance to respond to frequent noise complaints, but have been delayed by legal worries about whether the ordinance would hold up in court.
Florida, Dade City, "Florida County Considers Strengthening Noise Ordinance" (May 21, 1997). The Tampa Tribune reports that Pasco County (Florida) Commissioners are considering strengthening the county's noise ordinance. A public hearing will be held before the commissioners vote on whether to adopt the changes to the ordinance.
Florida, Dade City, "Neighborhood Wants To Quiet the Noise From Private Race Track Belonging To Red Dog, Their Professional Motocross Neighbor" (Apr. 19, 1999). The Pasco Times reports that the neighbors of a professional motorcycle racer want him to stop practicing on his private track located on his property. So far they haven't gotten anywhere, so they are taking their complaint to the County Commissioner.
Florida, Dania, "Florida City May Back Out of Settlement Deal with Airport Over Runway Expansion" (Jul. 1, 1997). The Sun-Sentinel reports that Dania (Florida) City Commissioners might back out of a settlement signed two years ago with Broward County about runway expansion at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. The article says that the city dropped its legal fight in October 1995 in exchange for up to $1.6 million for city utility lines and possible buyouts of homes. Tonight, City Commissioners will discuss whether residents received enough protection under the settlement.
Florida, Davie, "Davie, Florida Rodeo Grounds Create Noise that Disturbs Residents; One Resident Still Waiting After Two Years for Town to Say Whether Noise Levels Violate the Local Ordinance and Whether a Noise Wall Can Be Built" (Aug. 5, 1999). The Sun-Sentinel reports that a resident of Davie, Florida is disturbed by noise from the local rodeo grounds. Two years after he sent a letter and petition to local officials, asking them to somehow enclose the noise, he hasn't gotten a response. The three departments that he has been referred to over the years say they are still "working on [it]."
Florida, Daytona Beach, "New Noise Law in Daytona Beach, Florida, Relaxed During Spring Break" (Mar. 13, 1999). The Orlando Sentinel Tribune reports Volusia County, Florida, leaders agreed that their new noise law was not intended to silence music during spring break at Daytona Beach.
Florida, Daytona Beach, "Loud Motorcyclists in Daytona Beach, Florida May Get Ticketed" (Mar. 13, 2000). The Orlando Sentinel reports that police in Daytona Beach, Florida have instituted a "Ride Quiet" campaign to try to crack down on noisy motorcyclists during the annual Bike Week. Riders can be fined up to $44, and must also repair the problem that caused the noise.
Florida, Daytona Beach, "Noisy Motorcycles Annoy Daytona Beach, Florida Residents During Annual "Bike Week"" (Mar. 13, 2000). The Orlando Sentinel reports that Bike Week, an annual event in Daytona Beach, Florida, is becoming just too noisy for many residents. They don't mind the event, but they are increasingly irritated about motorcycles driving through town without mufflers.
Florida, Deerfield Beach, "Florida City Buys Land Parcel to Buffer Homeowners from Traffic Noise" (Jun. 22, 1997). The Sun-Sentinel reports that the City Commission in Deerfield Beach, Florida has agreed to puchase a two-acre parcel of land for $250,000 to buffer homeowners from noise and traffic along Southwest 10th Street. The agreement came after years of complaints about traffic noise from residents in the Waterford Homes subdivision, and lobbying by City Commissioner Kathy Shaddow. The new parcel borders the Waterford City Park and will be added to the park, the article says.
Florida, Deerfield Beach, "Residents Along Florida's Tri-Rail Expansion Demand Protection from More Noise" (Apr. 14, 1998). The Sun-Sentinel reports residents at a mobile-home community for seniors in Deerfield Beach, Florida, fear current noise and vibrations from trains and rail tracks are about to increase.
Florida, Deerfield Beach, "DOT Tree Removal Infuriates Condo Resident Who is Now Exposed to Interstate Noise" (Mar. 22, 1998). The Sun-Sentinel reports that the removal of thick Florida holly trees from Interstate 95 is exposing condominium residents to interstate noise in Deerfield Beach, Florida.
Florida, Deland, "Boat Launch Site On Deland, Florida's Lake Monroe Closed After Residents Complain Of Noise; Airboaters Say Only Some Operators Are Disrespectful" (Jul. 23, 1999). The Orlando Sentinel Tribune reports that after resident complaints at a recent County Council meeting about airboat noise from a launch site on Deland, Florida's Lake Monroe, officials closed the site. A task force has been assembled to balance resident concerns with airboaters' rights to operate their boats in a responsible manner. One member of the County Council noted that all arbiters wear ear protection, underlining the noise they generate. The Sheriff's office says that it can solve the problem with stepped up enforcement, but as of yet they have no airboat that would allow them to witness the actual violations -- a prerequisite for issuing a ticket.
Florida, Deltona, "Florida City Residents Complain About Jet Traffic Over Their Homes" (Oct. 21, 1997). The Orlando Sentinel reports that officials from the Deltona, Florida City Commission met with officials from the Orlando Sanford Airport Monday to discuss problems with jet noise over Deltona. Residents turned out to complain about increased jet traffic over the city.
Florida, Deltona, "Deltona, Florida Residents Say Lights in Park Will Lead to More Noise, Traffic, and Crime" (Jan. 13, 1998). The Orlando Sentinel Tribune reports that a local park became a weekend battlefield in Deltona, Florida's ongoing struggle to accommodate growth while preserving the small-town life that attracted people in the first place. Nearly 70 people jammed a meeting room Saturday at Wes Crile Park to debate a proposal to add lights to basketball courts in the park. Several area residents who opposed adding the lights said they were concerned that extended hours would lead to more noise, traffic and crime. The potential cost, estimated by the Volusia County Parks and Recreation Department at about $100,000, was also a concern.
Florida, Dunedin, "Dunedin, Florida Homeowner Plans to Build a Wall Against His Neighborhood's Wishes; City Council Objected Too, But He Found a Loophole to Allow Him to Construct a Wall" (Dec. 2, 1999). The St. Petersburg Times reports that a resident in Dunedin, Florida, whose proposal to build an eight foot wall beside his house to block noise, light and trespassers was rejected, has found a loophole that allows him to build a similar wall by moving his front door. The homeowner says that the wall is necessary because the long-vacant property has become a common place for people to watch the sunset and would otherwise have trespassing problems. Neighbors were against the plan because they say it would ruin the beauty of the neighborhood.
Florida, Dunedin, "Noise From Café's Live Music Disturbs Downtown Dunedin, Florida Residents" (Mar. 14, 2000). The North Pinellas Times reports that residents who have moved to downtown Dunedin, Florida as part of the city's revitalization plan are now annoyed by live music late at night at a local cafe.
Florida, Eagle Harbor, "Florida Development May Threaten Bald Eagles" (Feb. 14, 1998). The Florida Times-Union reports that plans to build a 3-acre waterfront park in Eagle Harbor, Florida could push out the threatened species for which the Clay County area is named.
Florida, Eglin Air Force Base, "Pilot Training at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida Includes Dropping Live Bombs" (Mar. 25, 2000). An article from the Associated Press reported on a live bombing exercise on Eglin Air Force Base in the Florida Panhandle--that was moved from Puerto Rico because of complaints against the Navy's use of the island for the bombing.
Florida, Everglades National Park, "Environmentalists Band Together To Oppose Commercial Airport Near Florida's Everglades" (Dec. 2, 1997). The States News Service reports that a group of environmentalists is calling for more study before the federal government signs off on a plan to convert defunct Homestead Air Force Base near the Everglades National Park in Florida into a commercial airport.
Florida, Fort Lauderdale, "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.
Florida, Fort Lauderdale, "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.
Florida, Fort Lauderdale, "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.
Florida, Fort Lauderdale, "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:
Florida, Fort Lauderdale, "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.
Florida, Fort Lauderdale, "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.
Florida, Fort Lauderdale, "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.
Florida, Fort Lauderdale, "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.
Florida, Fort Lauderdale, "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.
Florida, Fort Lauderdale and Tamarac, "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.
Florida, Fort Pierce, "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.
Florida, Fort Pierce, "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:
Florida, Green Cove Springs, "County Commissioners Reverse Their Decision to Limit Zoning for Churches in Green Cove Springs, Florida" (Aug. 1, 1998). The Florida Times-Union reports that the Clay County commissioners have reversed their May decision to restrict the location and size of church facilities. Their decision had banned church complexes of more than 3,500 square feet from local, neighborhood-type roads.
Florida, Green Cove Springs, "Florida Resident Upset with Noise from Neighboring Trucking Business and Blames Clay County for Poor Zoning Practices" (Aug. 1, 1998). The Florida Times-Union reports that spot zoning in Clay County, Florida has made life miserable for resident Walter Callaway but the county’s new comprehensive zoning plan reportedly addresses future spot zoning problems, and creates land-use categories and regulations to control growth.
Florida, Green Cove Springs, "Florida County Commission Passes Land Regulations that Restrict the Size of Some Community Facilities in Residential Areas" (May 30, 1998). The Florida Times-Union reports that the Clay County Commission in Green Cove Springs, Florida passed a package of land development regulations Tuesday that restricts larger churches, child-care centers, and other community facilities in residential areas. The regulations were passed to preserve established residential areas from development that could increase traffic and noise, the article says. The regulation changes stemmed partly from residents' opposition to proposed day-care centers adjacent to residential areas on U.S. 17 south of Orange Park.
Florida, Gulfport, "Florida City Clerk Arrested for Barking Dog" (Jun. 4, 1997). The St. Petersburg Times reports that Gulfport, Florida resident and St. Petersburg Beach City Clerk Pamala Prell was cited, fined, fingerprinted, booked, bailed out, and brought to court over noise from her barking Doberman pinscher.
Florida, Haines City, "City Commissioners in Haines City, Florida Tighten Noise Ordinance Restrictions" (Jun. 5, 1999). The Ledger reports that Haines City, Florida City Commissioners have begun revising the local noise and nuisance ordinances to make it stricter and more enforceable. If the revisions are passed by the council, violators will now be subject to fines of up to $500 a day up to $7500 for violations such as drug-related activity, prostitution, and criminal gang activity.
Florida, Haines City, "Haines City, Florida Council Will Hold Workshop to Tighten Noise Ordinance" (Jun. 2, 1999). The Ledger reports that Haines City, Florida's City Council will be holding an after-meeting workshop designed to find ways to toughen the local noise ordinance; the workshop will be open to the public. Residents have complained for years that the existing ordinance isn't well enforced, and police who try to enforce it have complained that "because of assumptions judges have made, it is hard to get it enforced in the courts." One main target of the new revisions is a better way to restrict excessively loud car stereos. Many elderly people in the community are afraid to call the police to complain, and they wish police would tighten enforcement so they didn't have to.
Florida, Hernando County, "Radio Personality Clem Plans to Attend Hernando County, Florida Commissioners Meeting to Protest "Persecution" of His Nightclub" (May 6, 1999). The St. Petersburg Times reports that "Bubba the Love Sponge Clem", a radio DJ in Hernando County, plans to attend the County commissioner's meeting to protest what he describes as a 'witch hunt' against him. Clem's recently-opened nightclub in Spring Hill has been drawing noise complaints from neighbors, but Clem claims the volume is under allowable limits. The County claims that noise meters do not pick up bass, which creates the disruptive thumping; the County has ordered a new $3000 noise meter that is capable of picking up lower frequency sounds. The noise ordinance would have to be changed in order to use the new meter for enforcement.
Florida, Hernando County, "Readers Comment on Helicopter and Aircraft Noise at Hernando County Airport, Florida" (Feb. 16, 2000). The Hernando Times published two letters to the editor by readers who are commenting about a recent article in the paper about excessive noise at Hernando County Airport, attributed to helicopter pilot training runs. The letters are printed here in their entirety:
Florida, Hernando County, "Florida Airport Claims Noise Won't Disrupt Community College Campus" (Feb. 22, 2000). The St. Petersburg Times printed a letter to the editor regarding a controversy over whether a community college should have a campus next to the Hernando County Airport. This letter, printed in its entirety, attacks a previous letter voicing concern over airport noise levels.
Florida, Highland Beach, "Florida Riverboat Parties Too Noisy For Residents" (Dec. 15, 1999). The Sun-Sentinel reports that Highland Beach residents lodged complaints against a riverboat that hosts parties while it travels on the Intracoastal Waterway. Residents have asked the Town Commission to intervene and help bring the noise level way down. The town has a noise ordinance.
Florida, Hollywood, "Florida City Votes to Approve Airport Expansion and Land Deal for Cargo Hub" (Sep. 18, 1997). The Sun-Sentinel reports that the Hollywood (Florida) City Commission voted Wednesday to approve a land deal proposed by developer Michael Swerdlow to create a cargo hub between the port and the airport and to approve the $1.5 billion expansion of the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. The commission's decisions came after Swerdlow offered annual payment to the city in lieu of taxes.
Florida, Hollywood, "Florida County Considers Pumping Sand From One Beach to Restore Another Beach; Residents Protest Plan, Citing Noise and Other Issues" (Feb. 26, 1998). The Sun-Sentinel reports that officials in Broward County, Florida want to restore one of the state's most popular beaches, at John U. Lloyd State Recreation Area in Hollywood, by pumping sand from an area in front of exclusive Point of Americas condominiums at the Port Everglades Inlet. Erosion at the state beach has become so severe, the article says, that signs have been posted to warn people of drop-offs. But residents from the condominiums are protesting the plan, saying their beach will be reduced and the noise from the sand dredging operation will be a problem.
Florida, Hollywood, "Device Designed to Slow Traffic in Hollywood, Florida Neighborhood Creates More Noise" (Jan. 6, 1998). The Sun-Sentinel reports that the residents of North Hills Drive in Hollywood, Florida who had asked the city to install rumble strips designed to slow down traffic now want the city to take the devices out. A drawback of the traffic calming has been the horrible, grinding sound cars and trucks make as they pass over the rumble strips.
Florida, Hollywood, "Florida Neighbors Don't Agree About Playground and Noise" (Dec. 16, 1999). The Sun-Sentinel reports that one Florida playground has received both complaints and positive comments from its neighbors.
Florida, Holopaw, "Company that Proposed a Power Plant For Holopaw, Florida Has Withdrawn Its Application; Company Will Look at More Remote Locations Where Noise Isn't As Much of an Issue" (Dec. 6, 1999). The Orlando Sentinel reports that a power company in Holopaw, Florida has withdrawn its application to build a $100-million, 460-megawatt power plant near residences due to noise concerns.
Florida, Homestead, "Environmentalists Call for More Study on Plan for a Commercial Airport Near the Everglades" (Dec. 2, 1997). The States News Service reports that a coalition of environmentalists sent a letter to President Clinton dated Monday calling for more study before the federal government signs off on a plan to convert the defunct Homestead Air Force Base, near Everglades National Park and Biscayne National Park, into a commercial airport. The group is worried that the noise from the airport could harm the area's wildlife and ruin visitors' experience, and that the project could cause problems for the area's water systems.
Florida, Homestead, "Environmentalists Protest Commercial Airport in Homestead, Florida; Noise and Pollution in Nearby National Parks at Issue" (Nov. 22, 1998). The New York Times reports plans for turning the Florida's Homestead Air Force Base into a commercial airport have hit turbulence from environmental groups concerned about noise and air and water pollution in two national parks.
Florida, Homosassa, "Homosassa, Florida Resident Says Boat Ramp -- Targeted For Restrictions Because of Noise -- Should Remain Because It Benefits Many More People Than It Hurts" (Dec. 9, 1999). The St. Petersburg Times prints several letters to the editor, one of which pertains to noise. A resident of Homosassa, Florida says that a boat ramp, for which restrictions have been proposed due to noise complaints, benefits far more people than it hurts. He says that the homeowners near the ramp knew it was there and yet chose to live there.
Florida, Indian River and Brevard Counties, "Florida County Officials Consider Whether Some Airboats Should Be Banned on a River" (May 26, 1998). The Press Journal reports that officials in Brevard County, Florida have deferred action on a proposed ban on airboats on the Sebastian River until Indian River County officials decide whether to regulate airboats on its portion of the river. The article says that the Indian River County Commission will hold a public hearing on the issue June 2 in Vero Beach. Large airboats operated by commercial tourism companies have drawn criticisms from residents on the river because of their noise.
Florida, Indian River County, "Florida County Planning Staff Recommends No Ban on Airboats on River" (Jun. 2, 1998). The Press Journal reports that planning staff members in Indian River County, Florida have recommended that the County Commission not pass a ban on airboats on the Sebastian River during its meeting today. Planning staffers said there is not enough evidence of negative impacts to ban airboats, but they did recommend consideration of banning all boats more than 25 feet in the narrow stretches of the river. The issue came before the commission after dozens of residents who live on or near the river in Roseland complained about noise from a commercial airboat tour operation. Meanwhile, officials in Brevard County are watching the vote closely, because they also have been asked to regulate airboats on their part of the river.
Florida, Inverness, "Visitor from U.K. Says Inverness, Florida Speedway Should Be Moved Away From Residential Areas" (Nov. 9, 1999). The St. Petersburg Times prints a letter to the editor from a U.K. man -- visiting Inverness, Florida -- who says that the loud speedway in the area should be moved away from residential areas.
Florida, Islamorada, "Use of Personal Watercraft Prohibited Near Some Shores in the Florida Keys" (Jun. 22, 1998). The New York Times reports County Commissioners in Monroe County, Florida have approved an ordinance that prohibits operating personal watercraft within 1,200 feet of 14 beaches and resorts from Key West to Key Largo. The Personal Watercraft Industry Association, an association that represents five manufacturers of personal watercraft, plans to file suit in a Federal court asking that the ordinance be repealed.
Florida, Jacksonville, "Construction Noise Irritates Residents in Florida City" (Aug. 30, 1997). The Florida Times-Union reports that residents in the San Pablo Creek subdivision in Jacksonville, Florida are complaining about noise from the construction of an 800-unit apartment complex near their homes. Residents voiced their complaints at a town meeting Tuesday with Mayor John Delaney at Alimacani Elementary School.
Florida, Jacksonville, "Florida Community Studies Amphitheater Proposal" (Dec. 18, 1997). The Florida Times-Union reports that officials in Jacksonville, Florida said a new sound study has raised questions that are forcing them to rethink plans for building a 17,000-seat amphitheater in Metropolitan Park.
Florida, Jacksonville, "Residents Along Florida Interstate Get Three Miles of Noise Barriers; Landscaping Options Around Barriers are Explored" (Jun. 28, 1997). The Florida Times-Union reports that about three miles of noise barriers are being erected in Jacksonville, Florida along sections of Interstate 95 as part of a project to widen the interstate by one lane on each side. The article goes on to outline how the areas surrounding the noise barriers will be or could be landscaped to mitigate their ugliness, and to report that many residents are already pleased with the outcome of the reduced traffic noise.
Florida, Jacksonville, "Residents Oppose Outdoor Amphitheater in Florida" (Oct. 18, 1997). The Florida Times-Union reports that a debate over whether the City of Jacksonville, Florida should build an amphitheater in Metropolitan Park is heating up. At a meeting Monday of the Southwest Citizens Planning Advisory Committee, two residents expressed their opposition to the proposal on behalf of a citizens group. City representatives did not attend the meeting, the article reports.
Florida, Jacksonville, "Public Opinion Poll Favoring Renovation of Amphitheater in Jacksonville, Florida Considered Biased" (Apr. 5, 1998). The Florida Times-Union printed a column by Dave Roman on April 5, 1998 concerning a public opinion poll that found voters supported, by a 2 to 1 margin, the renovation of the Amphitheater at Metropolitan Park in Jackson, Florida.
Florida, Jacksonville, "In Jacksonville, Florida, Smaller is Better in the Noise and Music Wars" (Jan. 18, 1998). The Florida Times-Union, in a longer article that makes a bid for a Metropolitan Park amphitheater, recalls the mere fifteen thousand fans who went to the Gator Bowl to hear the Who in 1976. While 15,000 appeared awkward in the Gator Bowl, think how nicely they would fit at a proposed new Metropolitan Park amphitheater, the article suggested A snug audience right up against the riverfront park's new seating capacity of 17,000 would be a compelling picture for all the world to see. The article goes on to suggest that other groups may be enticed by such a comfortable number. It also compares and contrasts the behavior of a larger concert audience to that of a smaller one by citing injury statistics from both small crowd a the 1976 concert and the 70,000 at a concert played by the Rolling Stones.
Florida, Jacksonville, "City-Imposed Sound Limits May Limit Performances at Proposed Amphitheater" (Jan. 8, 1998). The Florida Times-Union reports that Jacksonville, Florida officials have placed a 'non-negotiable' limit of 105 decibels on bands performing at a proposed amphitheater. According to The Cellar Door Cos., the promoter negotiating to run the facility, that wouldn't prevent putting topnotch acts on stage. This is despite the fact that one promoter has said acts like KISS, Boston, Alan Jackson or Sawyer Brown generally play at 110 to 130 decibels and country star Travis Tritt's show July 4 at the current pavilion at Metro Park registered highs of 117 decibels.
Florida, Jacksonville, "Noise Wall is Completed in Florida City" (Jul. 11, 1998). The Florida Times-Union reports that a noise wall has been completed in Jacksonville, Florida along Interstate 95 from north of Emerson Street to south of University Boulevard. Residents are mostly happy with the noise wall, the article says.
Florida, Jacksonville, "Jacksonville Considering New Enforceable Noise Laws" (Jun. 27, 1998). The State Journal Register reports the city of Jacksonville, Florida, is looking at a new proposal to restrict noise in neighborhoods.
Florida, Jacksonville, "Jacksonville, Florida Residents Concerned About Noise from Proposed Flyover Ramp That Would Bypass a Currently Congested Intersection" (Apr. 28, 1999). The Florida Times-Union reports that a flyover ramp in Jacksonville, Florida -- designed to take pressure off of a busy intersection that currently serves approximately 116,000 motorists -- is drawing objections from residents who don't want the increased noise. Residents claim that new traffic will now be on their streets, raising noise levels. The Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) has prioritized the plan, along with the Florida Department of Transportation because of the severely congested intersection. It is estimated that a proposed connector will reduce traffic at the intersection to 89,000 by 2010, but the flyway is still needed.
Florida, Jacksonville, "Noise Concerns Delay Florida Recycling Plant Opening" (Dec. 11, 1999). The Florida Times-Union reported on the delay in opening Angelo's Aggregate Materials, a concrete recycling plant because of dust and noise concerns.
Florida, Jacksonville, "Jacksonville, Florida Resident Upset by Construction Equipment Backup Beepers, but Beepers are Exempt from Noise Limits" (Oct. 16, 1999). The Florida Times-Union prints a question and answer column dealing with construction, housing, and highway issues. One person asked if the Jacksonville, Florida noise code forbids beepers that signal the backing up of late-night construction equipment. In fact, the beepers are mandated by the federal government to be exempt from local noise laws.
Florida, Jupiter Farms, "Jupiter Farms, Florida Residents Oppose Proposed Raceway; Track Officials Say Noise Should Be Slight" (Nov. 28, 1999). The Jupiter Courier reports that residents near Jupiter Farms, Florida are concerned that a proposed speedway in the community would create noise problems. Buffering and other techniques will be used to ease noise problems, but track officials said "I'm not sure we'll ever reach complete agreement with [the residents] on [noise]."
Florida, Jupiter Farms, "Jupiter Farms, Florida Residents Meet With Walgreens Officials To Voice Concerns: Walgreens Noncommittal" (Mar. 22, 2000). According to the Jupiter Courier, around 150 local residents met as a group with representatives of Walgreens to discuss their concerns about a planned 650,000-square-foot distribution center at the Palm Beach Park of Commerce. The article said residents asked questions about noise, lighting and traffic.
Florida, Jupiter Island, "Commissioner in Jupiter Island, Florida Says Noise Ordinance Doesn't Go Far Enough In Limiting Construction Noise" (Dec. 9, 1999). The Stuart News/Port St. Lucie News reports that at least one commissioner in Jupiter Island, Florida believes a recently passed noise ordinance is not doing enough to reduce construction noise. Although loud construction equipment is forbidden in the winter -- when most residents are in town -- and all work is restricted to between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m., some are still bothered by hammering from construction.
Florida, Jupiter Island, "Jupiter Island, Florida Bans Noisy Winter Construction" (Jul. 13, 1999). The Stuart News/Port St. Lucie News reports that Jupiter Island, Florida has banned construction noise during the winter season, when most of its 600 residents are there. A noise will be considered too loud if "in its operation [it] would render the enjoyment of property within the town less agreeable." During the summer, noise is limited to between 8:30 and 5:30 during the week, and to between 8:30 and 1 PM on Saturdays. Equipment that produces noise louder than 65 decibels at a neighboring property is prohibited at any time of year.
Florida, Jupiter Island, "Jupiter Island, Florida Will Likely Include Summer Equipment Ban in its Noise Ordinance Amendment" (Apr. 13, 2000). The Stuart News/Port St. Lucie News reports that Jupiter Island, Florida plans to amend its noise ordinance to prevent some construction equipment from operating on Saturdays in the summer months. The current noise ordinance bans the equipment from November 1 through April 15 only. Under the amendment, the equipment would be allowed to continue operating only with permission from the property owner's neighbors.
Florida, Kissimmee, "Florida Resident Shares Perspective on Commission's Denial of Bikini Contest" (Dec. 7, 1997). The Orlando Sentinel Tribune printed the following letter to the editor concerning the Kissimmee (Florida) City Commission's decision to deny a bikini contest proposal.
Florida, Kissimmee, "Noise Forces Power Company to Withdraw Proposal for New Plant, But Two More Companies Looking to Build in Osceola County, Florida" (Dec. 10, 1999). The Orlando Sentinel reported that one of three power companies planning to build plants in Osceola County are sheleved plans due to noise.
Florida, Kissimmee, "Kissimmee, Florida County Commissioners Approve Power Plant, But Jeopardize Project By Denying Special Noise Exemptions" (Nov. 20, 1999). The Orlando Sentinel reports that although the County Commissioners for Kissimmee, Florida approved a 460-megawatt power plant in theory, they denied a requested noise exemption that would have allowed 85 decibels at the plant's perimeter. Neighbors signed a petition about their concerns over water, noise, and pollution problems from the plant. Plant officials are trying to find alternatives to lower the noise at the plant.
Florida, Lake Alfred, "City of Lake Alfred, Florida to Decide Whether to Continue Allowing Noisy Boat Races on Lake" (Apr. 9, 2000). The Ledger in Florida reports that the controversy over boat racing on Lake Alfred continues. The city of Lake Alfred's Parks and Recreation Board will hold a meeting this week to hear people on both sides of the issue speak before the Board makes a recommendation to the City Commission as to whether the races will be allowed to continue.
Florida, Lake Alfred, "Residents Annoyed by Boat Racing on Lake Alfred, Florida" (Apr. 13, 2000). The Ledger in Lakeland, Florida reports on problems at Lake Alfred that were recently addressed at a meeting of Lake Alfred's Parks and Recreation Board. There was a complaint by a resident about high methanol alcohol levels in the lake, and many complaints were lodged about noise from boat racing on the lake and noise raised by the racers who camp in Lions Park on the shore of the lake.
Florida, Lake Helen, "Florida Theatre is too Disruptive for the Neighbors" (Oct. 18, 1997). The Orlando Sentinel reports that residents in Lake Helen, Florida are speaking out about the nuisance of a theatre in their neighborhood. They told City Commissioners at a meeting Thursday that the theatre generates too much noise and traffic for a residential neighborhood. In response to residents and the theatre manager's comments, Commissioners decided to review about seven years' worth of records to determine whether the theater's existence is in violation of any city codes.
Florida, Lake Mary, "Florida Commission Incumbents Face Criticism During Campaigns About Not Reducing Aircraft Noise" (Oct. 26, 1997). The Orlando Sentinel reports that two Commission incumbents in Lake Mary, Florida are facing criticism over their lack of action on reducing aircraft noise from the Orlando Sanford Airport. The criticism came during a recent debate with their opponents in preparation for the November 4 elections.
Florida, Lake Mary, "A Commissioner in Lake Mary, Florida Wants a Committee to Bring Remedies to Noise Problems Before Further Expansion at the Orlando Sanford Airport is Allowed" (Apr. 2, 1998). The Orlando Sentinel Tribune in Florida reports that Lake Mary City Commissioner Thom Greene wants the city of Sanford and its airport authority to reduce noise generated by increased flights at Orlando Sanford Airport before more airport expansion occurs.
Florida, Lake Mary, "Lake Mary, Florida, Resident Experiences Excessive Noise and Low-Flying Aircraft from Sanford Airport" (Mar. 7, 1999). The Orlando Sentinel Tribune published a letter from Randy Neal of Lake Mary, Florida, questioning a recent assertion that jets from the Sanford Airport are quiet. Neal writes that is not at all his experience:
Florida, Lake Wales, "Lakes Wales, Florida Arts Council Requests City and County Funding to Soundproof its Facility" (Apr. 4, 2000). The Ledger in Florida reports that the Lake Wales Arts Council has asked the city of Lakes Wales and the county for $9,000 each to pay for the costs to soundproof the Arts Center, which is located in the former Holy Spirit Catholic Church at the busy and noisy intersection of State Road 60 and 11th Street.
Florida, Lakeland, "Noise In Wilderness Areas Destroys Peace" (Dec. 14, 1997). The Ledger reports how noise shatters the peace of natural areas and one's mind.
Florida, Lakeland, "Sarcastic Column Says Don't Punish Motorists with Excessively Loud Car Stereos with Loud Classical Music -- As One Judge Has Done -- Make Them Listen to Crying Babies" (Nov. 28, 1999). The Ledger prints a sarcastic column that says motorists with loud car stereos should not listen to blaring classical music -- as one local judge has designated -- but to tapes of crying babies.
Florida, Lakeland, "Winter Haven, Florida Resident Praises Judge Who Punishes Car-Stereo-Noise Violators with Required Classical Music Listening" (Nov. 10, 1999). The Ledger prints two letters to the editor praising the recent move by a judge to require noise-offenders to listen to classical music as their sentence.
Florida, Largo, "Florida Residents Oppose CarMax; Cite Noise, Environment and Traffic Concerns" (Mar. 18, 1998). The St. Petersburg Times reports residents who live near the site of a proposed used-car superstore in Pinellas told Largo city commissioners Tuesday that the store would increase traffic and noise in what once was a quiet neighborhood.
Florida, Largo, "City of Largo, Florida in Process of Amending Noise Ordinance" (Apr. 2, 2000). The St. Petersburg Times reports on a noise ordinance in Largo, Florida that is in the process of being amended because the current one is too vague.
Florida, Lauderdale Lakes, "Removed Trees along Turnpike Increase Noise for Florida Residents" (Apr. 5, 1998). The Sun-Sentinel reports it's unclear who removed the trees along Northwest 52nd Avenue which runs parallel to Florida's Turnpike, but the result is a plague of noise and dust for residents.
Florida, Lauderhill, "City Outlaws Nighttime Use of Loudspeakers in Lauderhill, Florida" (Sep. 18, 1998). The Sun-Sentinel reports that a city commission in Florida has approved a noise ordinance that prohibits the use of loudspeakers near residential areas between 10 p.m. and 8 a.m. on weekdays.
Florida, Leesburg, "City of Leesburg, Florida to Formulate Noise Ordinance" (Feb. 15, 2000). The Orlando Sentinel reports that the city of Leesburg, Florida has decided to institute a noise ordinance and is currently researching just how the ordinance should be worded and enforced.
Florida, Longboat Key, "Florida Town Protests New Flight Path at Sarasota-Manatee Airport" (Nov. 21, 1998). The Sarasota Herald-Tribune reports the Sarasota-Manatee Airport Authority has moved another step closer to using a new flight path that would shift jet aircraft noise to the center of Longboat Key, Florida.
Florida, Longboat Key, "Longboat Key, Florida Fights Plan to Divert Noise from Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport Over the Island" (Mar. 1, 1999). The Sarasota Herald-Tribune reports while the plan is temporarily on hold, the debate continues about a controversial diversion of airport noise from Florida's Mainland to a section of Longboat Key. Population, economics, justice, and environmental concerns pepper the debate.
Florida, Longwood, "Florida Kennels Struggles To Make Peace With Neighbors" (Dec. 24, 1997). The Orlando Sentinel Tribune describes how the number of dogs and the noise of their barking increases dramatically during holidays disturbing the neighborhood of one Florida kennel.
Florida, Longwood, "Florida Residents Bemoan Highway Noise and DOT's Refusal to Build Sound Wall" (Feb. 9, 1999). The Orlando Sentinel Tribune reports noise and the loss of trees and property are the primary concerns of residents from Longwood, Florida, who live along busy Interstate 4.
Florida, Lutz, "Florida Residents Get Cease and Desist Order for Noisy Nighttime Trucking Operations" (Mar. 12, 1999). The St. Petersburg Times reports Hillsborough County, Florida, officials have put an end to noisy treks through Cheval by a company working on the Suncoast Parkway.
Florida, Madeira Beach, "Florida Citizens Petition for Peace and Quiet; Ask for Regulation of Water Scooters" (Nov. 22, 1998). The St. Petersburg Times reports a petition signed by residents of a Florida town who object to noise from water scooters has prompted the city to consider a new ordinance.
Florida, Manatee, "Sarasota-Bradenton, Florida Airport Requests FAA Approval to Expand Homeowner Noise Mitigation Program" (Apr. 4, 2000). The Bradenton Herald in Florida reports that the Airport Authority commissioners of the Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport have voted to ask the FAA to approve the airport's plan to enlarge its Noise Compatibility Plan to allow 600 more homes to be eligible. The airport's executive director, Fred Piccolo, expects that the FAA will approve the plan within six months. Adding the additional homes to the program will cost $7.5 million dollars, which will be funded by federal and state grants.
Florida, Manatee County, "Florida County's Comprehensive Plan Sets Noise Contours Which Could be Federally Pre-Empted" (Jun. 27, 1997). The Sarasota Herald-Tribune reports that the Manatee County (Florida) government is in the process of updating its comprehensive plan, and it intends to include noise restrictions for the Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport that are based on current technology and economic conditions. However, the article reports that the airport's attorney said if those conditions change, the airport and county could find themselves in a legal entanglement about who has jurisdiction over aircraft noise.
Florida, Manatee County, "Florida County Commission Sues Nightclub to Reduce Noise" (May 20, 1998). The Sarasota Herald-Tribune reports the Manatee County Commission will sue a nightclub to force it to lower the noise level after residents lodged complaints.
Florida, Manatee County, "New Manatee County, Florida Noise Ordinance Sets Clear Decibel Limits and Carries Stiff Fines" (Apr. 27, 1999). The Sarasota Herald-Tribune reports that a new noise ordinance in Manatee County, Florida will sets strict noise limits and stiff penalties. Fines may be as high as $500, and even a 60-day jail term may be levied in the worst cases. In addition, a 'reasonable person standard' allows officers to issue citations in cases where the numerical noise limits are met while the situation seems unreasonable.
Florida, Manatee County, "Columnist Praises Manatee County, Florida Commissioners' Ban on Noisy Airboats" (Dec. 3, 1999). The Sarasota Herald-Tribune reports that after a months-long effort to reduce noise from airboats on Manatee County, Florida waterways, county commissioners resorted to an outright ban of the craft on most waterways; the Intracoastal waterway will have certain areas designated for airboat use. The column's author praises the decision, saying that residents and wildlife on the waterways deserve some quiet.
Florida, Mandarin, "Floridians Complain of Increased Jet Noise from Jacksonville Naval Air Station" (Mar. 23, 1999). The Florida Times-Union reports more fighter jets have been flying training exercises from Jacksonville Naval Air Station -- a situation that has prompted complaints from Florida residents to the Navy and elected officials.
Florida, Mandeville, "Plans to Add Go-Cart Track to Putt-Putt Golf Stopped in Mandeville, Florida" (Sep. 23, 1998). The Times-Picayune reports that the Planning and Zoning Commission of Mandeville, Florida has rejected a proposal to build a go-cart track next to the Putt-Putt Golf Games.
Florida, Margate, "Florida Town Restricts Lawn-Mowing Hours after Residents Complain of Noise" (Apr. 2, 1999). The Sun-Sentinel reports the town of Margate, Florida, has crafted a new ordinance to specifically target lawn-mowing noise.
Florida, Martin County, "Florida's Martin County Strives to Write Enforceable Noise Ordinance" (Jun. 24, 1998). The Stuart News/Port St. Lucie News reports commissioners in Martin County, Florida, are working to develop a constitutionally sound ordinance to control noise nuisances.
Florida, Martin County, "Noise is All in a Day's Work for Florida's Garbage Pick Up" (Feb. 3, 2000). The Stuart News/Port St. Lucie News printed a satirical opinion editorial about garbage pickup and noise. The editorial was a tongue-in-cheek answer to someone's rhetorical question about why garbage collection is so noisy in the morning.
Florida, Mascotte, "Florida Town Adopts New Noise Ordinance" (Sep. 24, 1998). The Orlando Sentinel Tribune reports city council members in Mascotte, Florida, hope to maintain peace and quiet in their community with the recent passage of an anti- noise ordinance.
Florida, Mayport, "Florida School Teacher Lobbies to Get Walls Built to Divide Open Classrooms" (Oct. 15, 1997). The Florida Times-Union reports that Jackson Lanehart, a teacher at the Mayport (Florida) Middle School, has been trying since 1977 to get walls added to the open classrooms in the school, arguing that the background noise is distracting to students. Last week the Duval County School Board voted in favor of the improvements, but funding has not yet been found for the project, the article says.
Florida, Miami, "Miami Residents Lobby Against Airport Noise, While Airport Officials Struggle to Reduce it" (Sep. 11, 1997). The Miami New Times reports that Maimi, Florida resident Patrick McCoy has been leading a fight against the jet noise from the Miami International Airport. McCoy wants the airport to instigate a mandatory noise-abatement policy, like other large U.S. cities. Meanwhile, Jeffrey Bunting, environmental planner for the aviation department, is trying to implement new procedures and policies that would mitigate noise rather than pursuing a noise-abatement policy.
Florida, Miami, "Florida Aviation Dept. Uses New Technology to Monitor Impact of Jet Noise" (Sep. 21, 1998). The Journal of Commerce reports the Miami-Dade Aviation Department in Florida revealed a technology on Friday used to monitor airplane noise. This new system could mean significant implications for the air cargo industry.
Florida, Miami, "Miami, Florida Residents Wait For FAA to Rule On Proposed Flight Paths At Miami International Airport; FAA Concerns Include Environmental Justice Issues" (Aug. 30, 1999). The Miami Daily Business Review reports that residents and officials in Miami, Florida are still waiting on the FAA's opinion regarding proposed flight paths From Miami International Airport. A task force of "residents, American Airlines pilots and county officials" has developed flight path proposals, but the FAA has put off its judgement of the proposals for some time. The FAA originally postponed its decision until an environmental review of a proposed fourth runway at the airport was available. After that came through, the FAA said it wanted more information on potential environmental justice issues: notably, if steeper takeoffs would cause more noise for modest-income homes nearest the airport.
Florida, Miami, "FAA Will Allow Miami International Airport in Florida to Redirect Nighttime Flights Away from Residential Areas" (Apr. 4, 2000). Florida's Miami Herald reports that Miami-Dade County's Aviation Department and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) have reached an agreement that will allow nighttime flights out of Miami International Airport to use a different flight path that will lessen noise over residential areas such as Brickell and Key Biscayne. The agreement was announced in March at a meeting of the county's Noise Abatement Task Force, of which Brickell resident Tory Jacobs is a member.
Florida, Miami Beach, "Miami Club Abandons Noise Ordinance Lawsuit After City Drops Violation Fines" (Jun. 17, 1999). The Broward Daily Business Review reports a Miami club has abandoned its lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of several noise ordinances after the city dropped the fines it had levied against the club for violating them.
Florida, Naples, "Leaders in Air Industry Disagree about Impact of New Noise Regulations" (Feb. 16, 1999). The Journal of Commerce reports tougher noise regulations possibly grounding a number of large aircraft was the topic of discussion at a transportation and aerospace conference in Naples, Florida, last week.
Florida, Neptune Beach, "Bar/Restaurant in Neptune Beach, Florida Offers Live Music That Keeps Neighbors Awake at Night" (Apr. 8, 2000). The Florida Times-Union reports that a bar/restaurant in Neptune Beach called Hurrican Hatties is bothering residents with loud outdoor music until late in the night.
Florida, New Port Richey, "Florida County Commission to Vote on New Noise Ordinance" (Jul. 29, 1997). The Tampa Tribune reports that Florida's Pasco County Commission is expected to make a decision today on a new noise ordinance that would allow sheriff's deputies to ticket noise violators without using a sound meter.
Florida, New Smyrna Beach, "Florida Beachside Residents Are Unhappy with Jet Ski Zones" (May 10, 1997). The Orlando Sentinel reports that many residents in the New Smyrna Beach, Florida area are unhappy with the "personal watercraft zones" established by Volusia County, because jet skis in the zones are noisy and prevent others from swimming in the area. In response to the complaints, county officials are planning public meetings to talk about creating some new personal watercraft zones that would be rotated with the current zones.
Florida, Niceville, "Navy Moves Live Bombing Test Site from Puerto Rico to Eglin Air Force Base in Florida" (Mar. 19, 2000). AP Worldstream reports that many residents who live near Eglin Air Force Base are not opposed to the Navy's recent decision to move its live bombing test site from Puerto Rico to Eglin. Most are used to the noise and realize that the military is important to the Florida Panhandle area.
Florida, North Lauderdale, "Yesterday's Seldom-Used Highway Has Become Today's Noisy Expressway; Rural Neighbors Are Upset" (Aug. 2, 1999). The Sun-Sentinel reports that the Sawgrass Expressway, in North Lauderdale, Florida has gone from a seldom-used highway dubbed "the road to nowhere" in 1986 to a noisy expressway that is increasingly disturbing to rural residents. Some residents are particularly upset by noise from a two month resurfacing project, while others moved here for a country life that they feel is now disrupted.
Florida, Odessa, "Flordia Ball Field Too Noisy for Neighbors" (Feb. 3, 2000). County planners approved a private citizen's request to play ball on the field he bought. Now the owner finds himself beset with noise and land use violations, putting him ad odds with local officials because night activities disrupt the peace and quiet of his neighbors, and the field is not zoned for night games.
Florida, Oldsmar, "Residents in Florida Neighborhood Want Relief from Traffic Noise; Officials Say Noise Barrier is Unlikely" (Jul. 15, 1997). The St. Petersburg Times reports that residents in Oldsmar, Florida who live along the new State Road 580 want a noise barrier built to shield them from traffic noise. The new highway runs as close as 20 feet to some people's homes at the end of what were previously dead-end, wooded streets. Meanwhile, officials say a noise barrier would be too expensive for the neighborhood, but they are considering other options such as landscaping.
Florida, Orange City, "Florida City Permits Early Mowing" (Dec. 14, 1997). The Orlando Sentinel Tribune reports that residents of golf course communities may start their days a little earlier, thanks to a recent decision by the Orange City Council. Last week, the Tribune reports, council members agreed to allow golf courses to apply for an annual waiver of the city's noise ordinance, permitting early morning mowing of course greens.
Florida, Orange City, "Florida Retirement Community Fights Noise From Trucks" (Dec. 11, 1997). The Orlando Sentinel Tribune reports that more than 100 people in Orange City, Florida who have taken to civic activism have a litany of complaints from loud trucks to speeding cars to the proliferation of all-terrain vehicles frolicking on vacant property nearby. This week, the Orange City Council promised to help.
Florida, Orlando, "Florida Columnist Sneers at Sailboats" (Sep. 1, 1997). Orlando Sentinel Tribune printed an editorial in which the writer says it's disgusting to see sailboats cluttering up the beautiful Florida lakes, and that they should be banned in Orange and Seminole counties. He also argues that it's a lie that sailboats produce no noise or pollution and use free energy.
Florida, Orlando, "Florida Residents Prepare For New YMCA" (Dec. 17, 1997). The Orlando Sentinel Tribune reports that county commissioners in Orlando, Florida voted to sign a 50-year lease with the Central Florida YMCA and contribute $1.9 million toward the new fitness center in Blanchard Park. Area residents worry about noise and are concerned over the loss of their park.
Florida, Orlando, "Florida Residents Call for Noise Pollution Reduction Inside Stadium" (Nov. 20, 1997). The Orlando Sentinel Tribune printed the following letter-to-the-editor from Len and Barbara Bergeson, residents of Merritt Island, Florida, regarding noise pollution at an Orlando Magic game:
Florida, Orlando, "Orlando Homeowners Reject Hotel Proposal from Universal Studios on Grounds of Traffic and Noise" (Nov. 2, 1997). The Chicago Tribune reports that a group of Orlando, Florida, homeowners challenged Universal Studios Florida and won. Using increased traffic and noise pollution as issues, the residents persuaded the city's planning board to deny the theme park's application to build a hotel and golf course near their homes.
Florida, Orlando, "Universal Studios Loses Bid to Build Hotel and Golf Course in Orlando After Neighbors Complain About Increased Noise and Traffic" (Oct. 22, 1997). The Orlando Sentinel reports that a group of residents in south Orlando, Florida opposed a project by Universal studies to build a hotel and golf course near their homes and won Tuesday when the city's planning board denied the request. The residents opposed the project based on the increased traffic and noise they believed would result.
Florida, Orlando, "Editorial Advocates Regulations on Jet Skis in Florida" (Jul. 18, 1998). The Orlando Sentinel Tribune printed an editorial that argues that Florida communities should place restrictions on Jet Skis, or personal watercraft, and enforce the regulations. Otherwise, the editorial says, a ban could lie ahead.
Florida, Orlando, "Florida Officials Pave Way for Large Development by Prohibiting Future Residents From Suing Over Aircraft Noise" (Jul. 28, 1998). The Orlando Sentinel Tribune reports that the City Council in Orlando, Florida voted on Monday to approve an agreement that mostly prohibits future residents in a project known as Vista East from suing nearby Orlando International Airport over airplane noise. The article explains that the council's action paves the way for the $500 million residential and commercial project to begin.
Florida, Orlando, "Noise, Crime, and Traffic Will Rise while Property Values Fall say Neighbors of Florida Naval Center Slated for Redevelopment" (May 17, 1998). The Orlando Sentinel Tribune reports Florida residents who live near a naval center slated for redevelopment are worried about noise, along with declining property values and increased traffic and crime.
Florida, Orlando, "Orlando Airports Strive to Avoid Lawsuits about Noise from Residents of New Development" (May 20, 1998). The Orlando Sentinel Tribune reports the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority wants to advise would-be residents of the soon-to-be-developed Naval Training Center property: Don't forget about the planes.
Florida, Orlando, "Neighbors North of Orlando International Airport Will Hear More Noise for Next 6 Months" (Apr. 12, 1999). The Orlando Sentinel Tribune reports Orlando International Airport will begin resurfacing a portion of one of its busiest runways today, sending more noisy jets over the airport's neighbors to the north.
Florida, Orlando, "Neighbors of Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida Complain About Noise from New Amusement Rides" (Apr. 29, 1999). The Orlando Sentinel Tribune reports that Universal Studios' new second amusement park -- complete with roller-coasters -- is causing noise that irritate local residents. For up to 12 hours each day, the coasters can be heard; some say their homes are rattled. Residents say they had no idea roller-coasters might be installed when they bought their homes years ago; the park is trying to be sensitive, building a 55-foot wall that will supposedly reduce noise to the level of passing cars. The homeowners association has a committee working on the noise issues.
Florida, Orlando, "Universal Studios May Be Planning a New Theme Park In Orlando, Florida; Residents, Already Burdened By Firework and Roller-Coaster Noise From Nearby Parks, Remain Wary" (Aug. 6, 1999). The Orlando Business Journal reports that Universal Studios may be finalizing development plans for part of a 2,000-acre property in the area, though they say they have submitted no development plans. They asked an Orange County development committee to revise their minutes, which suggested that Universal had submitted some form of development plans. Universal has generated noise complaints in the past, and has attempted to mitigate the noise in question.
Florida, Orlando, "Endangered Florida Manatees May Be Injured By Boats In Part Because They Can't Hear Low-Frequency Sounds; Some Want a High-Frequency Alarm, Others Say Harassing Animals Is No Way to Save Them" (Aug. 23, 1999). The Orlando Sentinel reports that when protected manatees of Florida are killed by boat propellers, the reason may be that the manatees can't hear the boats. Some want to add high-frequency alarms to boat motors to warn manatees, but others say that the noise may do more harm than good by continually harassing the animals.
Florida, Orlando, "Residents Predict More Noise and Isolation with Florida I-4 Expansion" (Mar. 21, 1999). The Orlando Sentinel Tribune reports while the effort to rebuild Florida's Interstate 4 focuses on alleviating rush-hour traffic, residents along the highway fear increased noise, and isolation created by sound barriers.
Florida, Orlando, "Orlando, Florida Resident Upset that Realtor Didn't Mention Future Growth at Leesburg Airport" (Oct. 17, 1999). The Orlando Sentinel prints a letter to the editor from an Orlando, Florida resident. The author is upset that growth -- which will increase commuter and corporate jet overflights near his house -- at the Leesburg Airport wasn't mentioned when he bought his house three years ago.
Florida, Orlando, "Florida Editorial Says Noise is Noise According to Who Makes It" (Feb. 19, 2000). A tongue-in-cheek editorial in the Orlando Sentinel Tribune posed the question "when is noise really noise?"
Florida, Osceola County, "Florida Power Plant's New Location Promises Less Noise" (Jan. 14, 2000). The Orlando Sentinel reported that when Reliant Energy came to Holopaw residents for the second time and told residents that its proposed 460-megawatt power plant would hum no louder than their refrigerators, residents told company officials it would still be too noisy.
Florida, Oviedo, "Florida Resident Calls Airport Noise Progress, But Notes He's Losing His Hearing" (Apr. 19, 1998). The Orlando Sentinel Tribune printed the following letter-to-the-editor from Bruce Olson, an Oviedo, Florida resident, regarding aircraft noise, especially in the Orlando area:
Florida, Ozello, "Residents of Ozello, Florida Ask for More Restrictions on Noisy Airboaters" (Nov. 17, 1999). The St. Petersburg Times prints a letter to the editor on the problem of airboat noise in Ozello, Florida.
Florida, Ozona, "Florida Developer To Commercialize Tranquil Residential Area: Noise is Major Concern" (Jan. 13, 2000). The St. Petersburg Times reported on commercial developers' buying up the remaining land around this once tranquil town.
Florida, Palm Beach, "Florida Airport Offers Money to Airlines That Fly Quiet Jets" (Aug. 18, 1997). The Sun-Sentinel reports that officials from the Palm Beach (Florida) International Airport want to return some of the fees airlines have paid as a penalty for flying noisy airplanes after an airline flies 80% or more of its flights using quieter "Stage 3" jets. Airport officials plan to bring their proposal before county commissioners Tuesday.
Florida, Palm Beach, "Runway Expansion At Florida Airport Worries Neighbors" (Dec. 31, 1997). The Palm Beach Post reports that Palm Beach residents are skeptical about a proposal to extend the runway at Palm Beach International Airport(PBIA). Officials say the extended runway will reduce noise. Residents disagree.
Florida, Palm Beach, "Columnist Says Jet Noise is Decreasing At Florida Airport" (Apr. 24, 1998). The Sun-Sentinel printed an editorial by a writer who argues that jet noise from the Palm Beach (Florida) International Airport is decreasing. The writer says he lives south of the airport under the main takeoff corridor, and he believes the jets are becoming less noisy. His experience was confirmed, he says, when several airlines at the airport recently got awards for using quieter jets.
Florida, Palm Beach, "Palm Beach Airport's Noise-Afflicted Neighbors Will Continue to Fight Expansion Despite FAA Approval for Longer Runway" (May 1, 1998). The Palm Beach Post reports Palm Beach International Airport received approval from the Federal Aviation Administration this week to lengthen its main runway. Airport expansion and noise continue to be a source of conflict among residents, city officials, and county commissioners.
Florida, Palm Beach, "Airplanes are Unbearably Loud for Family Living Near Palm Beach International Airport" (Aug. 22, 1998). The Palm Beach Post published the following editorial from a resident living near Palm Beach International Airport (PBIA). The editorialist articulates his feelings of powerlessness amidst discussions of further PBIA expansion.
Florida, Palm Beach, "Florida Resident Says Newspaper Shouldn't Print Comments About Jet Noise From People Living Far From Airport" (Jul. 15, 1998). The Palm Beach Post printed the following letter-to-the-editor from Marilyn Jordan, a West Palm Beach resident, regarding noise from the Palm Beach International Airport:
Florida, Palm Beach, "Former Pilot Says Residents Have Little Reason to Complain about Airplane Noise" (Jun. 26, 1998). The Palm Beach Post published the following letter to the editor from Florida resident Roy L. Huber. Huber responds to an opinion article about residents' dissatisfaction with airplane noise standards. Huber writes:
Florida, Palm Beach, "Florida Resident Dismisses Residents' Aircraft Noise Complaints" (Mar. 28, 1998). The Palm Beach Post printed the following letter-to-the-editor from Norman Lynn, a Lake Worth, Florida resident, regarding the expansion plan at the Palm Beach International Airport:
Florida, Palm Beach, "Florida Resident Says Airport Should Consider Residents' Interests and Abandon Expansion Plans" (Mar. 30, 1998). The Palm Beach Post printed the following letter-to-the-editor from Samuel Lederman, the president of the El Cid Neighborhood Association and a resident of West Palm Beach, Florida, regarding the proposed expansion of the Palm Beach International Airport:
Florida, Palm Beach, "Florida Resident Thinks Expanded Airport Will Reduce Noise and Provide Important Services" (Mar. 31, 1998). The Palm Beach Post printed the following letter-to-the-editor from H.C. Rogal, a Palm Beach Gardens, Florida resident, regarding the controversy over the proposed runway expansion at Palm Beach International Airport:
Florida, Palm Beach, "Opponents and Supporters Weigh in on Florida Airport Expansion" (Jun. 1, 1998). The Palm Beach Post printed a summary of what some of the key players are saying about jet noise and expansion at the Palm Beach (Florida) International Airport. The summary includes opinions of local politicians, lawyers, airport administrators, and residents.
Florida, Palm Beach, "Florida Airport Runway Construction Prompts Noise Debate" (Jul. 2, 1999). The Palm Beach Post reports that Palm Beach International Airport's (PBIA) runway construction work has some residents consulting heir attorneys.
Florida, Palmetto, "Residents of Palmetto, Florida Soon To Have More Peace and Quiet" (Apr. 20, 1999). Sarasota Herald-Tribune reports that a stricter noise ordinance has been passed in Palmetto, Florida which gives the City Council more authority in determining what "too loud" really means.
Florida, Palmetto, "New Noise Ordinance in Florida Town will Require Special Permits" (Apr. 6, 1999). The Sarasota Herald-Tribune reports Palmetto, Florida, officials will seek public input on the city's proposed noise-control ordinance amendments at a hearing scheduled for May 3.
Florida, Palmetto, "Palmetto, Florida, Seeks to Create Enforceable Noise Ordinance with a 'Bite'" (Feb. 27, 1999). The Sarasota Herald-Tribune reports noise complaints from a new arena has prompted the city of Palmetto, Florida, to rewrite their noise ordinance.
Florida, Palmetto, "Palmetto, Florida, Looks to Remove Exemptions from Current Noise Ordinance" (Mar. 2, 1999). The Sarasota Herald-Tribune reports spurred by noise from the Manatee County Fairgrounds, the Palmetto, Florida, City Council plans to tighten the town's noise ordinance, eliminating a number of exemptions.
Florida, Parkland, "Parkland, Florida, Drafts Noise Ordinance" (Apr. 26, 1998). The Sun-Sentinel reports Parkland, Florida, city administrators are drafting a law aimed at reducing "loud and raucous" noise.
Florida, Pasco, "Editorial Calls on Florida Commissioners to Use Existing Laws to Quiet Raves" (Sep. 10, 1998). The St. Petersburg Times published an editorial in which the author takes exception to Florida county commissioner Pat Mulieri's request to ban late-night outdoor dance concerts known as raves.
Florida, Pasco, "Florida Commissioner Asks for Review of County's Ordinances After All-Night Concert Sparks Noise Complaints" (Sep. 9, 1998). The St. Petersburg Times reports last weekend's all-night "rave" party in Pasco, Florida, was noisy enough to prompt one county commissioner to seek a change in the way the county permits such events.
Florida, Pasco, "Florida Town Considers Banning All-Night Concerts After Noise Complaints" (Sep. 9, 1998). The Tampa Tribune reports Pasco, Florida, is considering a ban on all-night outdoor music shows after a recent event resulted in dozens of drug arrests and noise complaints.
Florida, Pasco County, "Florida County Considers Stricter Noise Ordinance" (Jun. 17, 1997). The Tampa Tribune reports that the Pasco County (Florida) Commission will hold a hearing this morning on proposed changes to the existing noise ordinance that would define stricter noise limits and allow sheriff's deputies to issue violations.
Florida, Pasco County, "Regulating Noise in Florida County is as Hard as Banning Strip Bars" (Jun. 23, 1997). The St. Petersburg Times reports in a humorous editorial that the attempt by Pasco County (Florida) to come up with a way to regulate noise has turned out to be nearly impossible. The writer compares the attempt to define and enforce a noise ordinance with earlier attempts to close down strip bars.
Florida, Pasco County, "Florida County Considers Changes to Noise Ordinance" (May 20, 1997). The Tampa Tribune reports that Pasco County (Florida) Commissioners today will consider changes to the county's existing noise ordinance that would make it a misdemeanor to violate the ordinance, would prescribe decibel level limits for all hours of the day, and would give officers the ability to cite violators without a noise meter.
Florida, Pembroke Pines, "Plans Approved For Florida K-Mart" (Dec. 12, 1997). The Sun Sentinel reports that a "Big Kmart" superstore was given final approval on Thursday and will be built at the northeast corner of Pines Boulevard and Dykes Road on the west side of Pembroke Pines, Florida.
Florida, Pembroke Pines, "Neighbors Accuse Wendy's Restaurant in Florida of Violating Noise Ordinance" (Sep. 23, 1998). The Sun-Sentinel reports neighbors of a Wendy's restaurant in Pembroke Pines, Florida, say trucks making early morning deliveries are robbing them of their sleep.
Florida, Pembroke Pines, "Pembroke Pines, Florida Considers Stricter Noise Ordinance" (Jan. 30, 2000). The Sun-Sentinel reports that the Mayor of Pembroke Pines, Florida has asked city commissioners to consider toughening the existing noise ordinance. Noise that exceeded new decibel limits, or was loud enough "to disturb the peace, quiet and comfort of the neighborhood, regardless of the time of day," would be punishable by up to $500 fine or 60 days in jail.
Florida, Pembroke Pines, "Wealthy Florida Developer Finally Complies With Noise Ordinance" (Jan. 15, 2000). According to the Sun-Sentinel, a local developer violated six city noise ordinances by continuing to run heavy equipment at a construction site well past the 10 p.m. deadline without being penalized.
Florida, Pierson, "Rural Neighborhood Near Florida's Lake George Disrupted By Noise From Airboats" (Jun. 9, 1999). The Orlando Sentinel Tribune reports that communities near Florida's Lake George are being disrupted by noisy airboats. An existing ordinance prohibits airboat noise from bothering residents, but the ordinance requires that the boat operator be caught being too loud too close to a residence. Volusia County Council member "Big John" wants to tighten enforcement of that ordinance, or alternatively ban airboats from the lake during the later hours of the day. Deputies have said they will patrol the lake more, but promise to evaluate each situation and not simply go after airboat operators.
Florida, Plantation, "Florida Residents Get Angry About Nightclub Noise" (Feb. 13, 1998). The Sun-Sentinel reports that the City Council in Plantation, Florida is considering a nightclub ordinance after hearing from seven residents and business owners at a recent meeting about noise and other problems at two restaurant-lounges on State Road 7.
Florida, Pompano Beach, "Pompano Beach, Florida Suffers From Airport Noise" (Dec. 10, 1997). The Sun-Sentinel printed the following letter to the editor concerning the effects of noise pollution from air traffic on Pompano Beach, Florida:
Florida, Pompano Beach, "Florida Airport Should Not be Closed, Editorial Argues" (Nov. 22, 1997). The Sun-Sentinel printed an editorial which argues that that Pompano Air Park in Pompano Beach, Florida is a valuable asset to the community, and the Federal Aviation Administration is taking the correct action by refusing to close it. Despite residents' complaints about noise pollution, the editorial says, closing the airport would only increase noise for residents near other area airports.
Florida, Pompano Beach, "Florida City Wants to Close Airport, But FAA Says it Must Stay Open" (Nov. 16, 1997). The Sun-Sentinel reports that city officials in Pompano Beach, Florida have been exploring the possibility of closing the Pompano Beach Air Park since September. But the Federal Aviation Administration, which must grant permission to close the airport, recently told city officials the airport is too important to the future aviation needs of South Florida to be shut down.
Florida, Port Richey, "Florida Town Struggles to Reconcile Noise Issue Between Residents and Restaurant Owners" (May 12, 1997). The Tampa Tribune reports that due to a boom in business along Port Richey, Florida's waterfront, four restaurants are now offering live music, outdoor seating, and drinks in the evenings. But homeowners along the Pithlachascotee River and Miller's Bayou, who live directly across from the restaurants, say noise from the restaurants echoes across the water and disrupts their peace. City officials are struggling to solve the problem.
Florida, Port Richey, "Floridian Waterfront Community Fights Excessive Music From Restaurants" (May 15, 1997). The Tampa Tribune reports the growing commerical restaurant business along the Pithlachascotee River in Port Richey, Florida has residents complaining about the loud live music. The city already has a noise ordinance, which councilman Ron Barnett supported a stricter enforcement of after the city council met with restaurant owners and riverfront residents.
Florida, Port Richey, "Florida Community To Decide Whether To Outlaw Outdoor Concerts" (Dec. 6, 1997). The Tampa Tribune reports that Pasco County (Florida) commissioners will decide Tuesday whether to grant a permit for an outdoor concert at Harmony Park.
Florida, Port St. Lucie, "Florida City Starts Ticketing Motorists With Loud Car Stereos After Court Ruling" (May 30, 1998). The Palm Beach Post reports that police in Port St. Lucie, Florida have started to issue tickets to motorists with loud car stereos, after an appeals court ruling upheld a state noise law earlier this month. The article says that police can issue tickets if car stereos can be heard more than 100 feet away.
Florida, Port St. Lucie, "Property Owners In Port St. Lucie, Florida Are Concerned With Potential Noise Impact From Proposed Roof Truss Factory" (Jul. 29, 1999). The Stuart News/Port St. Lucie News reports that residents of Port St. Lucie, Florida are concerned that a proposed roof truss factory may create round-the-clock disruptive noise. The owner says that no complaints were ever received at their other location, noting that the facility will not operate 24-hours unless a disaster such as a hurricane increases demand dramatically. The proposed facility will consist of a 71,600 square foot factory, an office building, and a 14,000 square foot warehouse built on an 11-acre property.
Florida, Port St. Lucie, "Police in Port St. Lucie, Florida Crack Down on Loud Car Stereos" (Apr. 6, 2000). The Palm Beach Post reports that police in Port St. Lucie, Florida recently engaged in "Operation Silent Night," an undercover plan to ticket drivers who play their car radios and stereos too loud. They gave out traffic tickets to eighteen drivers at $50 per ticket. They also issued one misdemeanor noise violation with a fine of $100 and a notice for the driver to appear in court.
Florida, Punta Gorda, "Florida Residents Frustrated by Noise; City Council Says it's Powerless to Intervene" (Mar. 4, 1999). The Sarasota Herald-Tribune reports Punta Gorda, Florida, residents who say they're disturbed by music from Fishermen's Village, a complex of bars, restaurants and shops, aren't getting any help from their city council.
Florida, Riviera Beach, "Florida Concrete Factory Reduces Noise for Workers and Nearby Residents" (Mar. 21, 1998). The Palm Beach Post reports that a concrete block factory in Riviera Beach, Florida, is being called "the most technologically advanced" in the United States. Among its innovations are its techniques to reduce noise for workers.
Florida, Saddlebrook, "Boca Raton, Florida Citizens Split Over Proposed Sound Walls Along State Highway" (Apr. 27, 1999). The Sun-Sentinel reports that Boca Raton, Florida residents are divided over the proposed sound walls scheduled to be built along U.S. 441. Many residents are concerned that the walls will ruin aesthetics, decrease property values and increase vandalism.
Florida, Sanford, "Noise Complaints are Down at Orlando Airport" (Aug. 6, 1997). The Orlando Sentinel Tribune reports that between June and July, noise complaints about jet noise from the Orlando Sanford (Florida) Airport fell by 124. Airport officials hope new noise mitigation measures may have helped reduce complaints, but they agree there may have been other reasons for the reduction.
Florida, Sanford, "Florida City Set to Adopt Noise Ordinance" (Jul. 22, 1997). The Orlando Sentinel reports that the Sanford (Florida) City Commission is expected to pass a proposed noise ordinance next week.
Florida, Sanford, "Orlando Residents Complain About Airport Noise; Officials Measure Levels" (Jun. 1, 1997). The Orlando Sentinel reports that more people complained in April about noise from airplanes flying in and out of the Orlando Sanford (Florida) Airport than in any previous month. But airport officials who decided to test the noise from aircraft over homes in Chase Grove, said the aircraft noise isn't any louder than other everyday neighborhood noises measured on the same day.
Florida, Sanford, "Florida City Mayor is Commended for Working to Solve Airport Noise Problem" (Jun. 15, 1997). The Orlando Sentinel Tribune reported in an editorial that after residents in Sanford, Florida complained about noise from large jets bringing tourists in from England, a committee formed to resolve the problem tested noise levels and found them to be no louder than a lawn mower, in general. At that point, Mayor Larry Dale got involved in the issue, saying that even though noise levels didn't test significantly high, people's quality of life had been lowered, and the problem must be dealt with. The editorial goes on to describe Mayor Dale's actions and commend him for his work.
Florida, Sanford, "Residents Say Noise at Florida Airport Isn't Getting Better, Despite Attempts to Mitigate It" (Oct. 18, 1997). The Orlando Sentinel reports that noise complaints are rising at Florida's Orlando Sanford Airport. A group of residents brought their concerns this week to the airport's Sanford Noise Abatement Committee, saying it appears there will be no end to the noise problems because the city, the county, and the airport authority continue to solicit more airport activity. Residents from prestigious neighborhoods in Lake Mary said they may consider legal action if the noise doesn't decrease.
Florida, Sanford, "Neighbors of Orlando Sanford Airport Say their Ideas to Curb Jet Noise are Ignored" (May 15, 1998). The Orlando Sentinel Tribune reports a group of Florida residents has suggested ways to curb jet noise from Orlando Sanford Airport, but the group feels their ideas have been ignored by the Noise Abatement Committee.
Florida, Sanford, "Noise Reduction Efforts Continue in Face of Increased Air Traffic at Orlando Sanford Airport" (May 10, 1998). The Orlando Sentinel Tribune reports complaints about noise from large jets last month at the Orlando Sanford Airport were fewer than during the same period a year ago. However, numbers of noise complaints will likely rise again with increased international charter flights and larger aircraft during the British tourist season.
Florida, Sanford, "Florida Residents Bothered by Noise from Orlando Sanford Airport Even Though Levels Below FAA Limit" (Feb. 5, 1999). The Orlando Sentinel Tribune Seminole reports jets flying over neighborhoods on their way to and from Orlando Sanford Airport are noisy, but according to recent tests and federal standards, they're not a noise problem.
Florida, Sarasota, "Florida City Prepares Zoning Ordinances For Outdoor Dining" (Dec. 17, 1997). The Sarasota Herald-Tribune reports that sidewalk dining has become very popular in Sarasota, Florida, particularly on St. Armands Circle, prompting calls for stricter controls from nearby residents because of concerns about noise.
Florida, Sarasota, "Florida Community Prepares To Revise Noise Ordinance" (Dec. 8, 1997). The Sarasota Herald Tribune reports that the Sarasota (Florida) City Commission will tackle two controversial issues - outdoor music and sidewalk cafe dining - during public hearings tonight.
Florida, Sarasota, "Florida Community Proposes Noise Ordinance" (Dec. 9, 1997). The Sarasota Herald Tribune reports that about 100 people packed the Sarasota (Florida) City Commission chambers Monday night to weigh in on a proposed noise ordinance designed to quiet the sounds coming from bars that play outdoor music.
Florida, Sarasota, "Proposed Flight Path in Florida Still Opposed by Residents, Though Approved by Airport Authority" (Jul. 22, 1997). The Sarasota Herald-Tribune reports that a group of residents is still opposed to a new flight path for aircraft leaving the Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport that will route planes over Longboat Key, near Sarasota, Florida. The Sarasota-Manatee Airport Authority several months ago voted 6-2 to approve the new flight pattern, after extensive public hearings that pitted mid-Longboat Key residents against Manatee County residents who hoped to get some relief from aircraft noise. But now William Myers, an unsuccessful 1996 candidate for the authority, has brought the issue back, taxing the patience of the authority members, the article says.
Florida, Sarasota, "Florida Restauraunt Files Lawsuit Challenging City's Noise Ordinance That Targets Music" (Jul. 11, 1997). The Sarasota Herald-Tribune reports that owners of the Lemon Coast Grill in downtown Sarasota, Florida filed a lawsuit against the city Thursday, challenging the noise ordinance that limits outdoor music. The lawsuit argues that the ordinance is unconstitutional, and asks for an injunction that would prevent the city from enforcing the ordinance until the case is resolved.
Florida, Sarasota, "Sarasota Resident Thinks New Noise Ordinance is Unworkable" (Jun. 17, 1997). The Sarasota Herald-Tribune printed the following letter-to-the-editor from Leslie Freeman, a Sarasota, Florida resident, regarding the city's new noise ordinance. Freeman says the ordinance is unworkable because the decibel limits are too low, and calls on citizens to oppose the 10 p.m. weekday curfew on outdoor music. The letter follows:
Florida, Sarasota, "Florida City to Study Recently Passed Noise Ordinance and Consider Alterations" (Jun. 11, 1997). The Sarasota Herald-Tribune reports that the Sarasota (Florida) City Commission agreed Tuesday to leave a recently passed noise ordinance as it is for now, but to investigate whether it needs to be changed by first undertaking more noise tests. A controversy arose after two restaurant owners recently were fined for noise from outdoor music, and noise readings of the police differed from noise readings of the restaurant owners.
Florida, Sarasota, "Florida City's Enforcement of Outdoor Music Regulations Draws Complaints from Bar-Owners" (Jun. 10, 1997). The Sarasota Herald-Tribune reports that last month, the Sarasota, Florida City Commission passed two ordinances designed to control outdoor amplified music, and over the past weekend, police officers issued violations to owners of the Lemon Coast Grill and Groove, and the Main Street Depot. Business owners are saying they were targeted to receive violations and that the city's decibel readings are much higher than their own readings.
Florida, Sarasota, "Judge Invalidates Florida City's Noise Ordinance" (Nov. 27, 1997). The Sarasota Herald-Tribune reports that a judge invalidated the noise ordinance in Sarasota, Florida on Wednesday, chalking up a victory for Lemon Coast bar, which challenged the ordinance in July. The noise ordinance had been passed by the City Commission in May, the article says. In response to the ruling, city officials are beginning the process of creating a new ordinance that will correct the faults found by the judge in the previous ordinance.
Florida, Sarasota, "Florida Nightclub Begins Court Hearing With City Over Noise Limit" (Oct. 22, 1997). The Sarasota Herald-Tribune reports that the City of Sarasota, Florida started its hearing with the Lemon Coast Grill Monday, in the first stage of a lawsuit filed by the nightclub. The nightclub owners argue that the city's noise ordinance was enacted improperly, and that the city did not give the public proper notice, according to city prosecutor Michael Perry.
Florida, Sarasota, "Loudspeaker Announcers for Competitive Swim Races Accused of Violating Noise Ordinance in Sarasota, Florida" (Apr. 5, 1998). Sarasota Herald-Tribune published the following article in their Perspectives column after two loudspeaker announcers were cited for violating a noise ordinance in Arlington Park, Sarasota, Florida. The announcers were accused of violating an ordinance designed to let city residents sleep a little later on weekends by using a loudspeaker before 10 a.m. to start competitive swim races.
Florida, Sarasota, "Sarasota, Florida's New Noise Ordinance Will Regulate Outdoor Amplified Music" (Jan. 9, 1998). Sarasota Herald-Tribune reports that Sarasota, Florida has adopted a new noise ordinance. The law, which was approved 4-1 by the City Commission, caps the allowable sound level at 75 decibels and requires outdoor music to stop at 10 p.m. during the week and at 11:59 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and holidays.
Florida, Sarasota, "Neighbors Complain about Nightclub Noise, Legal Action May Lead to Florida Club Shutdown" (Sep. 10, 1998). The Sarasota Herald-Tribune reports authorities could start procedures to close a nightclub in Sarasota, Florida, after neighbors charge the club violated a noise agreement.
Florida, Sarasota, "The Noise Lovers I Have Known" (Apr. 19, 1999). Sarasota Herald-Tribune recently printed Daryl Lease's editorial on his reaction to and encounters with people who seem to thrive on noise.
Florida, Sarasota, "FAA Refining Plans for a Sharper Left Turn at Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport in Florida; Turn Should Ease Noise for Many on Mainland, Increase Noise for Some on Longboat Key" (Aug. 5, 1999). The Sarasota Herald-Tribune reports that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is refining its plans for a sharper left turn to be used by aircraft at Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport in Florida. The turn will reduce noise for many on the mainland, but some people -- though the FAA notes the number is smaller than those helped on the mainland -- on Longboat Key will be subjected to increased noise.
Florida, Sarasota, "Florida County Commission Stands Neutral on New Jet Route, Urges FAA to Rule" (Feb. 17, 1999). The Sarasota Herald-Tribune reports the Manatee County Commission declined to take a position on a proposed flight path from Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport that will reduce aircraft noise over Manatee while increasing noise over central Longboat Key, Florida.
Florida, Sarasota, "Bon Secours-Venice Hospital Near Sarasota, Florida Works to Lessen Noise from Air Conditioners and Generators" (Sep. 17, 1999). The Sarasota Herald-Tribune reports that 24 residents met with officials from Bon Secours-Venice Hospital near Sarasota, Florida to discuss ways that noise from the hospital could be reduced. The hospital's air conditioners and cooling towers make noise all the time, and 6 AM testing of emergency generators also causes disturbances. The hospital plans to take steps towards reducing the noise including a fence around the air conditioner and late-morning testing of the generators.
Florida, Sarasota, "Column Writer in Sarasota, Florida Compares Local Grievances Against Airport with European Court Case" (Apr. 6, 2000). The Sarasota Herald-Tribune in Florida published an editorial column from Waldo Proffitt concerning a recent court case involving Heathrow Airport in England. Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport is struggling with noise problems as well.
Florida, Sarasota, "Sarasota-Bradenton Airport (Florida) Awaits FAA Approval of Proposed Takeoff Path Change" (Apr. 12, 2000). The Sarasota Herald-Tribune reports that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has still not decided whether to approve a takeoff path at Sarasota-Bradenton Airport that it had previously approved. The agency has said it needs to continue to review neighborhood noise data, and could possibly demand a new environmental impact statement that could delay the path's approval for more than another year.
Florida, Sarasota, "Sarasota County Commission Approves Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport Expansion Plan" (Mar. 16, 2000). The Sarasota Herald-Tribune reports that the Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport will probably begin implementing its expansion plan this spring. The plan will include building a longer runway and a larger passenger terminal, as well as adding a parking garage and as many as 144 airplane hangars.
Florida, Sarasota County, "Sarasota County, Florida Appeals Ruling That Allows Bar to Play Live Music Outdoors Until 10 PM; Another Bar Has Lawsuits Pending Against the County Claiming Its Noise Laws Are Unconstitutional" (Dec. 8, 1999). The Sarasota Herald-Tribune reports that Sarasota County, Florida is appealing a ruling that allows a particular bar to play live music outdoors until 10 p.m. County commissioners claim that a special exception would need to be granted, but its not clear whether exceptions are necessary for daytime music. Another bar -- which together with the aforementioned one causes most noise complaints in the county -- is suing the County, saying its local noise laws are unconstitutional.
Florida, Sarasota County, "Sarasota County, Florida Decides to Forego Noise Ordinance Change In Favor of Improving Enforcement" (Nov. 24, 1999). The Sarasota Herald-Tribune reports that Florida's Sarasota County commission decided to table proposed amendments to the noise ordinance. Noise is currently limited to 55 or 65 decibels, depending on the area.
Florida, Sarasota County, "Florida County to Measure Music Levels at Bars" (Jan. 13, 2000). According to the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, Sarasota County commissioners gave their approval to sheriff's deputies to use sound-level meters to determine noise violations when residents complain about loud music at bars.
Florida, Sebastian, "Rodeo in Sebastian, Florida Receives Reprimand; Rodeo Officials Claim Other Loud Events Are Unfairly Ignored" (Dec. 3, 1999). The Sebastian Sun reports that the Sebastian, Florida police visited a recent rodeo to ask that the music be turned down. Rodeo officials say that other festivals aren't harassed because of noise, but police said amplified bass and volume made the rodeo louder than other festivals. The city is considering reinstituting a policy of issuing permits that designate how long and loud an event can be.
Florida, Spring Hill, "Noise from Nightclub in Spring Hill, Florida Keeps Neighbors Up, Though Sound is Within Ordinance Limits" (Apr. 26, 1999). The St. Petersburg Times reports that music from Spring Hill, Florida's nightclub Planet Bubba is too loud for residents, though the volume is under local decibel limits. Though the club is located in a commercial district, nearby residents complain that the bass remains too loud and disrupts their sleep. Owner of the nightclub and local radio personality Bubba the Love Sponge Clem claims that he spent $50,000 on a 'compressor limiter' to cap the amplified volume, insulated walls, and moved entrances in an attempt to limit noise; he is upset that he is still being hounded even though he meets the noise ordinance.
Florida, Spring Hill, "Florida Nightclub Meets Noise Complaints with Louder Music" (Apr. 19, 2000). According to the St. Petersburg Times, the owners of Plant Bubba in Hernando County, vow to crank up the music more nights during the week when county commissioners strengthen existing noise ordinances.
Florida, Spring Hill, "Reader in Spring Hill, Florida Asks About Legal Rights Concerning Neighborhood Noise" (Apr. 6, 2000). The St. Petersburg Times recently published a letter to the editor from a reader who has legally questions about residential noise in her Spring Hill, Florida neighborhood. The letter is reprinted here in its entirety:
Florida, Spring Lake, "Neighbors Object to Noise from Dog Kennel in Spring Lake, Florida" (Feb. 22, 1999). The Petersburg Times reports the noise from a dog kennel has pitted neighbors against the dogs' owner in Spring Lake, Florida.
Florida, St. Augustine, "Florida County Considers Fees and Restrictions for Jet-Skiers" (Jun. 11, 1997). The Florida Times-Union reports that St. Johns County (Florida) Commissioners are considering a new beach code that would charge jet-skiers a $125 annual fee. The first of two public hearings on the proposed beach code was held last night, with both jet-skiers and opponents vocal in their views.
Florida, St. Petersberg, "Florida Resident Sue Resort Over Traffic Noise" (Jan. 3, 1998). The St. Petersberg Times reports that homeowners at the Saddlebrook Resort are suing the resort for the years of noise and inconvenience from traffic.
Florida, St. Petersburg, "What Residents Can Do About Neighborhood Noise in St. Petersburg" (Jun. 6, 1997). The St. Petersburg Times printed a letter from a resident asking a columnist whether there is a noise ordinance in St. Petersburg, Florida. The resident, W. Bytautas, has a neighbor who plays the drums and the noise is unbearable. The resident asks the columnist how to get action on this problem. The columnist responds by saying there is a noise ordinance in St. Petersburg, but the code compliance officers do not get involved in residential disturbances. The columnist advises calling the police.
Florida, St. Petersburg, "Florida City Considers Restricting Use of Boat Launches to Cut Down on Noise and Traffic for Neighbors" (Nov. 26, 1997). The St. Petersburg Times printed an editorial that argues that residents living near Crisp Park in St. Petersburg, Florida deserve relief from the noise and traffic associated with a popular boat launch area in the park. The City Council is considering restricting the use of the boat ramps, and the editorial says councilors should vote in the restrictions.
Florida, St. Petersburg, "Noise from Youth Gatherings Frustrates Neighbors in Bartlett Park, St. Petersburg, Florida." (Apr. 8, 1998). The St. Petersburg Times reports that the noise from thousands of youth gathered each Sunday at Bartlett Park in St. Petersburg, Florida is frustrating neighborhood residents.
Florida, St. Petersburg, "Editorial Applauds Proposal by National Park Service to Ban Personal Watercraft" (Jul. 16, 1998). The St. Petersburg Times printed an editorial that argues the proposal by the National Park Service to ban Jet Skis at national parks would improve health and safety conditions at our parks. The editorial goes on to say that state and local governments should impose similar restrictions on Jet Skis near coastal and lake shores. The issue is especially important for Florida, the editorial says.
Florida, St. Petersburg, "Florida Airport Officials Ask Condominium Developer for Noise Liability Waivers, But Developers Refuse" (Jul. 15, 1998). The St. Petersburg Times reports officials at the Albert Whitted Municipal Airport in St. Petersburg, Florida are worried about the location of Vinoy Place, a proposed condominium development below the final approach path for one of the airport's runways. The article says airport officials asked the developers to require buyers to sign liability waivers, protecting the airport from noise lawsuits. But developers, on the advice of the city's legal department, have refused; however, they say they will provide full disclosure to buyers about the airport's proximity.
Florida, St. Petersburg, "St. Petersburg, Florida Police Step-Up Enforcement of Existing Noise Ordinance" (Aug. 28, 1999). The Tampa Tribune reports that St. Petersburg, Florida police have stepped up enforcement of their noise ordinance. $43 tickets are issued after the first warning for noise that is plainly audible at 100 feet away.
Florida, St. Petersburg, "Power Boat Races Want to Return to St. Petersburg, Florida Next Year; They Are Asking for Mayor's Help, Which Will Include Evaluation of Noise Impacts on Downtown" (Nov. 25, 1999). The St. Petersburg Times reports that the Power Boat World Championships wants to return to St. Petersburg, Florida next year, and they have already talked to the mayor about working together to improve the event. The mayor has said she appreciates the economic benefits of such an event, and wants to help event planners evaluate possible negative impacts -- such as excessive noise and damage to estuaries -- on downtown residents.
Florida, St. Petersburg, "Residents of St. Petersburg, Florida Write About Noise; One Says Use Existing Noise Laws Instead of Prohibiting Family Activities on Shell Key, Another Says Leaf Blowers Should Be Banned" (Nov. 28, 1999). The St. Petersburg Times prints two letters to the editor from St. Petersburg, Florida residents regarding noise. Two residents ask officials to abandon an effort to ban certain activities on environmentally-senstive Shell Key, and instead rely on existing noise laws to punish violators. Another residents says leaf blowers should be banned.
Florida, St. Petersburg, "Hernando County, Florida Residents Want Noise Ordinance Tightened to Clamp Down on Undesirable Nightclub" (Apr. 12, 2000). The Hernando Times in Florida reports that Hernando County residents have lodged many complaints about Planet Bubba, a nightclub that allegedly makes too much noise, and is a location used for drug dealing and nude dancing. Some residents recently filed petitions with the Hernando County Government Center enumerating their complaints. In addition, they attended a recent County Commission meeting to voice their concerns in person. New ordinances will be drafted by the County Attorney's office as a result.
Florida, St. Petersburg, "Live Music Outdoors Divides St. Petersburg Florida Neighborhood Residents" (Mar. 26, 2000). An article in the Neighborhood section of the St. Petersburg Times addressed the loud, live music of a new neighborhood outdoor club and its impact on residents of a nearby senior citizen apartment complex. Opinion is divided over the loud live music.
Florida, St. Petersburg Beach, "Personal Watercraft in Florida Waters Cause Safety and Noise Problems" (Aug. 29, 1997). The Tampa Tribune printed an article outlining the controversy over personal watercraft, known as Jet Skis, in St. Petersburg Beach and other areas in Florida. The article contains an in-depth look at the safety problems with the watercraft, but also outlines some of the noise issues surrounding the watercraft. According to the article, Labor Day weekend is likely to bring more attention to the battle between personal watercraft users and everyone else in the water trying to have a good time.
Florida, St. Petersburg Beach, "Florida Town Passes New Noise Restrictions After Making Concessions to Resort and Bar Owners" (Jul. 26, 1998). The St. Petersburg Times reports that the City Commission in St. Petersburg Beach, Florida unanimously approved changes to its noise ordinance last week after weakening the proposed rules in a concession to hotel owners. The article says that eight large resort owners had opposed the changes to the noise rules. But, Tuesday, hotel managers said the noise ordinance approved by the Commission would benefit both frustrated residents and hotel guests.
Florida, St. Petersburg Beach, "Florida City Tightens Nighttime Noise Ordinance to Deal With Noisy Bars" (Jun. 7, 1998). The St. Petersburg Times reports that the City Commission in St. Petersburg Beach, Florida voted unanimously last week to toughen rules restricting nighttime noise. The ordinance changes were prompted by residents' complaints about noisy bars. The new ordinance is scheduled for final approval at the commission's June 16 meeting.
Florida, Stuart, "Florida City Considers Noise Ordinance" (Feb. 25, 1997). The Stuart News / Port St. Lucie News reports that city commissioners in Stuart, Florida gave a favorable review Monday night to a draft of a noise ordinance that would help prohibit disturbing noise in the city.
Florida, Stuart, "Florida Airport Expansion Plan Faces More Study" (May 17, 1997). The Palm Beach Post reports that expansion plans for the St. Lucie County International Airport in Stuart, Florida will receive more study by the Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council. The council agreed Friday to hold a workshop session before the project comes to them for approval as a development of regional impact (DRI). Before the council workshop is held, the council's staff will study the airport's impact on roads, noise levels, air quality, water quality, and other issues. The workshop is expected to be held later this summer.
Florida, Stuart, "Florida Residents Hire Attorney to Ensure Dredging Project Will Be Quiet" (Nov. 14, 1997). The Stuart News/Port St. Lucie News reports that Martin County, Florida officials have a project planned to dredge the sand shoals in the St. Lucie Inlet near Stuart, and residents who live nearby in the Hanson's Landing condominiums have hired an attorney and are planning to sue the county for creating a public nuisance if the workers create as much noise as they did during another inlet project earlier this year.
Florida, Stuart, "Florida County Drops Grandfathering Clause in Proposed Noise Ordinance" (Aug. 5, 1998). The Stuart News/Port St. Lucie News reports Martin County, Florida's, proposed noise rules could cost some businesses thousands of dollars to be in compliance.
Florida, Stuart, "How To Fix A Noisy Garbage Disposal" (Jan. 4, 1998). The Stuart News/Port St. Lucie News describes how to quiet a noisy garbage disposal.
Florida, Stuart, "Florida County Commission Considers Noise Ordinance" (Mar. 26, 1998). The Palm Beach Post reports that the Martin County (Florida) Commission agreed to consider a noise ordinance for the unincorporated parts of the county at their meeting Tuesday. The issue was brought forward by Commissioner Janet Gettig, and all the other Commissioners except for the Chair, Donna Melzer, agreed a noise ordinance should be investigated.
Florida, Stuart, "Florida Pig Farmer Says Noise Laws will Harm Business" (May 12, 1998). The Stuart News/Port St. Lucie News reports Martin County officials will hold a public hearing on a noise ordinance for the county. A Stuart pig farmer says the proposed noise law is aimed specifically at him and will alter his agricultural business.
Florida, Stuart, "Florida Pig Farmers Ordered to Turn Down Music" (Nov. 21, 1998). The Stuart News/Port St. Lucie News reports golfers in Stuart, Florida, won the first court fight Friday against the pig farmers they say are disrupting them with blaring music the farmers say calm their animals.
Florida, Stuart, "Outdoor Amplified Music Banned on Public Property in Stuart, Florida" (Nov. 12, 1998). The Stuart News/Port St. Lucie News reports a resident's complaints about noise has stopped the outdoor Sunday music in Stuart, Florida. Restaurant owners say the city's order has foiled their means of drawing business into downtown on Sundays.
Florida, Stuart, "Florida's Martin County Enacts Noise Ordinance" (Oct. 14, 1998). The Stuart News/Port St. Lucie News reports many residents of Stuart, Florida, are pleased with new noise restrictions adopted by the commissioners of Martin County.
Florida, Stuart, "Martin County, Florida, Set to Approve Noise Restrictions" (Oct. 10, 1998). The Stuart News/Port St. Lucie News reports commissioners in Martin County, Florida, are expected to approve noise restrictions Tuesday after months of debate.
Florida, Stuart, "Letter: Noise from Stuart Airport Robs Residents of Peace and Quiet in Former Florida Paradise" (Apr. 17, 1999). The Stuart News/Port St. Lucie News published a letter from Dorothy Coutant of Stuart, Florida. Ms. Coutant contends increased noise at the nearby airport is robbing residents of peace and quiet. She writes:
Florida, Stuart, "300 Witham Field Residents Vent Frustration Over Airport Noise and Pollution at Public Meeting" (Apr. 20, 1999). The Palm Beach Post reports that residents who live near Witham Field in Stuart, Florida gathered at a public meeting to hear airport officials and experts address their concerns regarding noise and air pollution created by the huge jets taking off and landing at the airport.
Florida, Stuart, "Florida Residents Complain of Increasing Noise from Witham Field Airport" (Apr. 18, 1999). The Palm Beach Post reports residents of nearby communities are protesting noise and increased air traffic at Witham Field in Stuart, Florida.
Florida, Stuart, "Residents Gather To Express Their Opinion on Growth of Witham Field in Stuart, Florida." (Apr. 20, 1999). The Stuart News/Port St. Lucie News reports that there was a huge turnout for a community meeting held to discuss the future of Witham Field in Stuart, Florida. Residents have become increasingly concerned over the growing number of landings and takeoffs, as well as the increase in noise from large jets.
Florida, Stuart, "Stuart, Florida Resident Opposes New Witham Field Runway, Discounting Claims that the Runway is for Safety and Noting Environmental Impacts; Encourages Public Comment" (Apr. 27, 1999). The Stuart News/Port St. Lucie News prints the following Letter to the Editor, by a resident who discounts the claims that a new Witham Field Runway is being built for safety concerns. He notes the relocation of two jet repair businesses to the area as proof that the airport plans to expand. He also notes increased noise and pollution from an expanding airport.
Florida, Stuart, "Letter: Airport Noise Impacts Quality of Life in Stuart, Florida" (Apr. 9, 1999). The Stuart News/Port St. Lucie News published a letter from Mary Warren of Stuart, Florida. In her letter, Ms. Warren details how noise from Witham Field Airport destroys her quality of life:
Florida, Stuart, "Politician Up for Election in Florida Pledges to Prohibit Airports from Expanding in Ways that Violate Local Growth Plans" (Aug. 17, 1999). The Stuart News/Port St. Lucie News prints a letter to the editor from a politician hoping to be elected as a Florida state representative. He cites his experience as an environmentalist and jet pilot, and pledges to prohibit state airports from expanding in ways that violate local comprehensive growth management plans. He specifically mentions Witham Field in Stuart Florida as having a problem with noise and pollution.
Florida, Stuart, "Residents of Panther Woods, Florida Split Over New Link to Interstate" (Aug. 26, 1999). The Press Journal reports that Panther Woods, Florida residents are split over whether to support a new $24-million link to the Interstate and the Florida Turnpike. Many residents say the link will be more convenient and will help development. Others say that noise will increase substantially.
Florida, Stuart, "Florida Golfers Object to Jet Noise" (Dec. 12, 1999). The Stuart News printed a letter to the editor regarding golfers, noise and jet noise. The letter was written by an international captain flying with American Airlines in response to jet noise interfering with golf games.
Florida, Stuart, "Noise Levels for Martin County, Florida, Ordinance May Be Too Low" (Mar. 14, 1999). The Stuart News/Port St. Lucie News reports the Martin County, Florida, noise ordinance is the most restrictive of its kind in the area and could make enforcement difficult.
Florida, Stuart, "Stuart, Florida's County Commission Meeting Packed by Witham Field/Martin County Airport Watch Committee Members Demanding Airport Noise Reduction" (May 26, 1999). The Stuart News/Port St. Lucie News reports that 100 members of the Witham Field/Martin County Airport Watch packed a County Commission meeting in Stuart, Florida with a list of several demands relating to reduction of airport noise. They claimed that the Commission had basically relinquished control of the airport to the FAA, and was not sufficiently curbing increased air traffic and noise in accordance with their existing limited growth policies. Commission Chairwoman Janet Gettig agreed with their concerns, citing her opposition of several commission actions including recent approval of a new airport lease; she plans to place the issue on the Commission's agenda in the near future.
Florida, Stuart, "Pilot Critical of Florida Airport Criticism" (May 9, 1999). The Stuart News/Port St. Lucie News in Stuart Florida printed the following letters to the editor concerning airport noise:
Florida, Stuart, "Martin County Airport in Stuart, Florida Begins Part 150 Study that Is Required for FAA-Sanctioned Curfews" (Nov. 26, 1999). The Stuart News/Port St. Lucie News reports that the Martin County Airport in Stuart, Florida is beginning a Part 150 study. The first piece of the study will cost $35,000, and will monitor jet noise over the Thanksgiving holiday with twelve noise monitors
Florida, Stuart, "Resident of Stuart, Florida Questions Whether Pilots Knew They Were Being Monitored for Noise During Thanksgiving Weekend Test" (Dec. 4, 1999). The Stuart News/Port St. Lucie News prints a letter to the editor that questions the validity of a noise study at Witham Field near Stuart, Florida.
Florida, Stuart, "Stuart, Florida Resident Criticizes Officials Who Prioritize Reduction of Industrial Noise Over Airport Noise" (Nov. 29, 1999). The Stuart News/Port St. Lucie News prints a letter to the editor from a Stuart, Florida resident who says that reduction of airport noise should be given higher priority than reduction of noise from industrial sources.
Florida, Stuart, "Florida Airport Relocation Debate Gets Noisy" (Apr. 16, 2000). an article in the Stuart News/Port St. Lucie News reported that politics money and the proposed expansion of Witham Airport have accelerated greatly, and residents are calling for a vote on the issue in November and are organizing.
Florida, Stuart, "Floridians Say Trains Noisier Than Airplanes" (Apr. 19, 2000). The Stuart News/Port St. Lucie News printed this letter to the editor responding to complaints from complaints about airport noise. The letters are printed in their entirety.
Florida, Stuart, "Moving Florida Airport Topic of Debate" (Apr. 19, 2000). The Jupiter Courier reported that a real estate broker who lives under the flight path of 760-acre Witham Field airport has proposed moving the airport to a site in western Martin County and use the current site to build a major business complex. His plan is now the subject of an invigorating debate.
Florida, Stuart, "Officials Must Complete Federal Noise Studies Before Airport Noise Can be Tackled at Witham Field in Stuart, Florida" (Apr. 13, 2000). The Stuart News/Port St. Lucie News reports that the controversy about whether or not to allow large, noisy planes to use Witham Field in Stuart, Florida continues. The County Commission would like to institute a weight ban on planes; airport officials believe that noise levels should be the criterion for a ban instead.
Florida, Stuart, "Reader Wants Stuart, Florida Community Airport Moved to Rural Area" (Apr. 13, 2000). The Stuart News/Port St. Lucie News recently published a letter to the editor from Stuart, Florida resident Betty Becker, who is concerned about aircraft noise at Witham Field. The letter is reprinted here in its entirety:
Florida, Stuart, "Stuart, Florida Attorney Wants to Land Private 737 at County Airport Despite Opposition" (Apr. 13, 2000). The Palm Beach Post reports that a wealthy attorney in Stuart, Florida who has been fighting to be able to land his private Boeing 737 at Witham Field has come up against resistance from residents and from the Martin County Commission. The Commission decided at a recent meeting to back plans that would block larger aircraft from using the airport. The businessman, Willie Gary, said that he might file suit against the county.
Florida, Stuart, "Stuart, Florida Resident Concerned About Noisy Aircraft and Touch-and-Go Landings" (Apr. 14, 2000). The Stuart News/Port St. Lucie News in Stuart, Florida published a letter to the editor from a reader named Robert Gavin who is concerned about noisy aircraft at Witham Field. The letter is reprinted here in its entirety:
Florida, Stuart, "Pratt & Whitney Rocket Testing Facility Causes Noise Pollution in Nearby Stuart, Florida" (Mar. 17, 2000). The Palm Beach Post published a letter to the editor by Jeanne Waldrop of Stuart Florida, who has complaints about noise pollution from a nearby rocket-testing facility. The letter is reprinted here in its entirety:
Florida, Stuart, "Stuart, Florida Businessman Annoys Residents with Plan to Land Large Jet at Local Airfield" (Mar. 13, 2000). The Stuart News/Port St. Lucie News in Florida published a letter to the editor from a member of Stuart's Airport Planning Advisory Team, who is annoyed with a local businessman who wants to land his Boeing 737 at a local airfield. The letter is reprinted here in its entirety:
Florida, Stuart, "Witham Field in Stuart, Florida Opens New Control Tower; Citizen Group Concerned About Increased Noise as a Result" (Mar. 19, 2000). The Stuart News/Port St. Lucie News reports that Witham Field is holding ceremonies on Monday to celebrate the opening of a new control tower. The Witham Field/Martin County Airport Watch Committee has objections to the new tower because it will increase noise levels in the area.
Florida, Stuart, "Noise Complaints Prompt Consideration of Rules Against "Touch-and-Go" Training Exercises at Witham Field in Stuart, Florida" (Mar. 30, 2000). The Palm Beach Post reports that Martin County officials are trying to respond to community complaints about noise at Witham Field in Stuart, Florida by drafting a law that would restrict "touch-and-go" takeoffs and landings there. They will closely study a similar law enacted by the city of Pompano Beach five years ago as they draft the Witham Field law.
Florida, Stuart, "Reader Blasts Witham Field (Stuart, Florida) Airport Watch Committee" (Apr. 1, 2000). The Stuart News/Port St. Lucie News in Stuart, Florida published a letter to the editor about continuing controversies at Witham Airfield. The letter is reprinted here in its entirety:
Florida, Stuart, "Reader Worried About Noise Increase at Witham Field in Stuart, Florida" (Mar. 29, 2000). The Stuart News/Port St. Lucie News printed a letter to the editor about opening Witham Field to larger jet aircraft. The letter is reprinted here in its entirety:
Florida, Sunrise, "Florida Town Toughens its Noise Ordinance" (May 4, 1997). The Sun-Sentinel reports the city commissioners in Sunrise, Florida last week tentatively approved an ordinance that tightens the city's noise regulations. The proposed ordinance would prohibit loud noises at any time of the day, and police would have the power to determine if a noise is loud enough to be prohibited. The article says that the proposal must be voted on a second time to become law.
Florida, Sunrise, "Florida Residents Want to Hasten Delayed Noise Wall" (Oct. 1, 1997). The Sun-Sentinel of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, reports it could be eight more months before Sunrise residents along Flamingo Road and Northwest 136th Avenue will see a wall shielding their homes from the grit and noise of traffic. Many are angry about the delay.
Florida, Sunrise, "Noise Wall Delay Makes Florida Residents Angry" (Oct. 3, 1997). The Sun-Sentinel reports that residents in Sunrise, Florida who along Flamingo Road and Northwest 136th Avenue attended a City Commission meeting last week to complain about the lack of action in getting an 8-foot noise barrier built to protect their homes from traffic noise and dust. The project has been in the works for more than a year, the article says, and it could be another eight months before the wall is built.
Florida, Sydney, "Neighbors in Rural Florida React to Welding Business" (Aug. 23, 1998). The Tampa Tribune reports that persons living in rural areas near Sydney, Florida are shocked to learn that the county can grant a rural home industry permit without a public hearing or other notice to nearby property owners.
Florida, Tallahassee, "Florida Legislation Concerning Gun Ranges Unfair" (Feb. 18, 1998). The Tampa Tribune published an editorial concerning a Florida bill about gun ranges that is currently being introduced. The proposed bill may make it harder for neighbors of gun ranges to successfully complain about noise and other matters.
Florida, Tamarac, "Florida Residents Petition against Expansion of Noisy Sawgrass Expressway" (Apr. 14, 1999). The Sun-Sentinel reports residents of one community have petitioned the Florida DOT against expansion of what they say is highway that's already too noisy.
Florida, Tampa, "Florida Airport Offers Money to Construction Firm to Speed Runway Reconstruction" (Aug. 15, 1997). The St. Petersburg Times reports that the Hillsborough County (Florida) Aviation Authority decided Thursday to reward the contractor of a runway reconstruction job at Tampa International Airport up to $4,000 per day for every day shaved off the project's completion deadline of October 28. Authority officials offered the incentive to encourage quicker completion of the project, which has brought noise complaints, weight restrictions on cargo planes, and delays for airport passengers.
Florida, Tampa, "Florida City Sends Noise Ordinance Back to the Drawing Board" (Aug. 29, 1997). The Tampa Tribune reports that the Tampa (Florida) City Council decided Thursday to ask city attorneys to rewrite the proposed noise ordinance after hearing protests from both residents and business owners. The ordinance is not scheduled for review again until December 4.
Florida, Tampa, "Noise Ordinance in Florida City is Delayed Because of Rewriting" (Aug. 29, 1997). The St. Petersburg Times reports that city lawyers in Tampa, Florida said they need more time to rewrite a proposed noise ordinance so that it can be applied across the city. City officials have postponed the next public hearing on the noise ordinance to December.
Florida, Tampa, "Florida School Stadium Project Settled" (Dec. 19, 1997). The Tampa Tribune reports that the Tampa City Council approved a settlement Thursday between Tampa Catholic High School and residents of the nearby Wellswood neighborhood over the construction of a football field.
Florida, Tampa, "Tampa Moves Forward With Ordinance to Control Noise in the Entertainment District" (Jul. 18, 1997). The Tampa Tribune reports that the Tampa (Florida) City Council decided Thursday to consider in three weeks a new noise ordinance aimed at noisy bars in the Ybor City entertainment district. The article says that if bar owners voluntarily improve the situation, the council might decide to put the noise ordinance on the back burner. However, the article reports, if the ordinance is passed when the council considers it in three weeks, it would then be called up for a second and final vote in 90 days.
Florida, Tampa, "Health Expert Reports that Occupants of Boom Cars are Placing their Hearing at Risk" (Jul. 23, 1997). The Tampa Tribune reports that according to Kenneth Gerhardt, a University of Florida professor of audiology who specializes in the effects of noise on hearing, occupants of "boom cars," are placing their hearing at risk from the loud music.
Florida, Tampa, "Planes at Tampa Airport Rerouted Due to Runway Repair Project, Residents Unhappy with New Noise" (May 7, 1997). The Tampa Tribune reports that neighborhoods south of the Tampa (Florida) International Airport will experience aircraft noise due to a six-month project that will repair the airport's main runway.
Florida, Tampa, "Columnist Recommends Quiet Dishwashers" (Sep. 13, 1997). The Tampa Tribune printed a question-and-answer column in which the writer answers a question about what noise-reduction features are available on new dishwashers. The columnist says the noise levels have been reduced to a whisper in the best models. He also tells readers how to get a buyer's guide of the quietest dishwashers.
Florida, Tampa, "Florida Columnist Gets Many Reader Complaints About Disrespectful, Noisy Neighbors" (Apr. 25, 1998). The Tampa Tribune printed a column in which the columnist says one of her previous pieces on neighborhood disruptions hit a sore spot with many readers. The column says that many people agreed their lives have been worsened by disrespectful and noisy neighbors. The column goes on to discuss two popular complaints in more detail: barking dogs and early morning and late evening lawn mowing and leaf blowing.
Florida, Tampa, "Who Should Enforce Noise Rules at a Florida Condominium Complex?" (Sep. 5, 1998). The Tampa Tribune published the following question from F.P., a resident of Seminole, Florida, who wonders who should enforce noise rules at a condominium complex. F.P. wrote:
Florida, Tampa, "Busch Gardens Will Build Noise Walls After Residents Complain of Incessant Screaming from Fans on Popular Roller Coaster" (Jul. 4, 1998). The Tampa Tribune reports people living near Busch Gardens are complaining about noise from a giant roller coaster, but the amusement park plans to correct the problem.
Florida, Tampa, "Residents Object to Proposed New Runway at Florida Airport" (Jun. 13, 1998). The Tampa Tribune reports that county planners in Tampa, Florida will discuss building another runway and other growth issues at Tampa International Airport on Monday night. Members of the Hillsborough County Aviation Authority will present a master plan at the meeting that includes adding a third north-south runway sometime after 2008, the article says. Residents living near the airport oppose a third runway, but according to airport officials, a third runway would reduce noise.
Florida, Tampa, "In Ybor City, Florida, Bar Owners Oppose Noise Ordinance" (Mar. 20, 1998). The St. Petersburg Times reports Ybor City bar owners are opposed to the newest efforts to reduce noise in the historic Florida district.
Florida, Tampa, "Tampa International Airport Authority Include Several Steps to Reduce Noise In Their Long-Range Plans" (Sep. 3, 1999). The Tampa Tribune reports that Tampa International Airport Authority held a public meeting to discuss its long-term plans: including a $4 million budget to reduce noise. The budget will go to building a three-walled jet-engine-testing structure, and a $100,000 landing-monitor system that will identify airlines who use inappropriate runways. Expansion plans -- which is estimated to increase passenger volume from 14 million to 25 million by 2020 -- include another runway, more parking lots, renovations to a terminal, the addition of cargo facilities and widening the road leading into the airport.
Florida, Tampa, "Noise Study at Florida's Tampa International Airport Says Noise Still Annoys Residents, But Airport Officials Say Noise Problems Are Decreasing" (Nov. 14, 1999). The St. Petersburg Times reports that noise is still a problem for residents in the area around Florida's Tampa International Airport, but airport officials say that noise has been decreasing and will decrease even further by 2003 thanks to noise-reduction policies.
Florida, Tampa, "Six Waterfront Homes Near Florida's Tampa International Airport Will Be Only Homes in the County to Receive Soundproofing" (Nov. 13, 1999). The St. Petersburg Times reports that only six homes in Hillsborough County, Florida qualify for soundproofing that will reduce noise from Tampa International Airport. Last year 336 homes qualified, but now only the six appear to be in the 65 decibel impact area.
Florida, Tampa, "Public Workshop in Tampa, Florida Outlines Final Proposal for 20-Year Expansion Plan at Tampa International Airport" (Sep. 18, 1999). The Tampa Tribune reports that Tampa, Florida's International Airport held a public workshop and discussed "a new runway, a larger terminal, more parking, light rail, and noise abatement programs." Those projects are part of the long-term plan to accommodate 25 million passengers by 2020, nearly doubling the current number. Community and Airport Authority members created the plan together, and hope for FAA approval within 1.5 years. A separate noise abatement plan, which will include an engine-testing structure and soundproofing of area homes, will be considered by separately by the FAA after an additional public hearing later this year.
Florida, Tampa, "Tampa, Florida Contemplates Ordinance Limiting Construction on Saturdays" (Apr. 7, 2000). The St. Petersburg Times in Florida reports that last month the Tampa City Council gave an initial approval to a proposal to adopt a new ordinance that would have prohibited construction noise before 10:00 AM on Saturdays. Since then, however, the Council has heard arguments from contractors and others opposed to the measure, and the City Council has now decided not to adopt the ordinance.
Florida, Tampa, "Tampa, Florida Planners Considser Noise Walls Along I-4 Junction; Support for Walls Is Yet to Be Determined" (Jan. 5, 2000). The St. Petersburg Times reports that Tampa, Florida is considering noise walls at an infamous interstate junction. A public hearing will also be held to gauge public opinion about the walls. A preliminary survey suggests that opinion is leaning towards the barriers. Some officials say the walls will ruin tourists' driving experience.
Florida, Tampa, "Tampa, Florida City Council Restricts Weekend Construction Hours" (Mar. 24, 2000). The Tampa Tribune reported on construction noise beginning at 7am has prompted the City Council to propose a noise ordinance banning construction on both Saturday and Sunday morning until 10am, whether the work is professional or a "do it yourself" homeowner.
Florida, Tarpon Springs, "Florida Residents Object to Dog Kennel, Fearing Noise and Stench" (Oct. 30, 1997). The St. Petersburg Times reports that residents of Stonehedge on the Hill in Tarpon Springs, Florida, are upset about the possibility of a dog kennel opening in a building north of their mobile park. Previously, this building housed a fish-packing plant that that caused residents to complain of a foul odor. Next the building housed a nightclub that residents say blared music until all hours of the night.
Florida, Tavares, "Tavares, Florida Noise Ordinance In Place, Though Specific Decibel Limits Are Absent" (Aug. 5, 1999). The Orlando Sentinel reports that although Tavares, Florida has now passed a noise ordinance, it conspicuously lacks 'teeth' in the form of specific standards. Residents began asking for an ordinance because of repeated noise disturbances from a particular restaurant.
Florida, Tavares, "Tavares, Florida Residents Still Upset Over Noise Three Months After Noise Ordinance Was Instituted" (Dec. 8, 1999). The Orlando Sentinel reports that residents in Tavares, Florida are still upset at the noise coming from live music at a restaurant, even after a noise ordinance was implemented three months ago.
Florida, Tavares, "Tavares, Florida Noise Ordinance Will Technically Forbid Loud Frogs From Croaking" (Jul. 22, 1999). The Orlando Sentinel Tribune reports that noise from tree frogs were above the limits set by a new ordinance in Tavares, Florida.
Florida, Tavares, "Tavares, Florida City Council Considering Noise Ordinance After Resident Complaints About Nearby Restaurant" (May 21, 1999). Orlando Sentinel Tribune reports that Tavares, Florida's City Council is considering a noise ordinance that would fine violators -- which could include those making "any excessive sound that disturbs the peace, including music, barking dogs and construction" -- up to $500. If noise continues, violators could be required to appear before the city Code Enforcement Board. The ordinance stems from resident complaints about a 7-month-old neighborhood restaurant that plays loud music. While many council members support a noise law, some think it is too subjective. At least one member does not believe the city should be subjected to an ordinance because of problems in a particular area.
Florida, Tavares, "Tavares, Florida City Council to Discuss Proposed Noise Ordinance" (May 17, 1999). Orlando Sentinel Tribune reports that Tavares, Florida's city council will discuss a proposed noise ordinance that would target those who create nuisance noise. The proposition comes after a petition of 154 names was submitted last month by neighbors of a new, loud restaurant. Council members maintain that the ordinance is not targeted at the restaurant, rather it fills in a previous gap in the city's laws.
Florida, Tavares, "Tavares, Florida's City Council Gave Preliminary Approval to New Noise Ordinance; Some Worry it is Too Subjective" (Jun. 3, 1999). The Orlando Sentinel Tribune reports that the City Council of Tavares, Florida has given its preliminary approval to a noise ordinance which would allow police to ticket violators from $50 to $250. The ordinance was proposed in response to complaints targeted at a local restaurant that hosts live bands. The ordinance defines violations subjectively as "noise which tends to cause discomfort or disturbs or annoys any reasonable person of normal sensitiveness residing in the area," and proceeds to define it more objectively as "the use or operation of any radios, sound amplifiers, loudspeakers and musical instruments, among other things, plainly audible between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. at a distance of 50 feet." Restaurant operators maintain they are not violating any ordinance, and wish the ordinance would set a truly objective, decibel limit.
Florida, Tequesta, "Village Councilor in Florida Criticizes Plan for High-Speed Railroad Between Orlando and Miami" (Oct. 19, 1997). The Jupiter Courier printed the following letter-to-the-editor from Alexander Cameron, a Tequesta, Florida Village Councilor, who criticizes a proposed plan for a high-speed train between Orlando and Miami:
Florida, Thonotosassa, "Florida County Hearing Officer Denies Appeal of Neighbors Living Near Dirt Pit" (Nov. 16, 1997). The Tampa Tribune reports that a Florida county hearing officer denied an appeal by residents living near a borrow pit in eastern Hillsborough County, where dirt is excavated by the Hardaway Co. Residents are sick of the dust and noise from the pit, and filed the appeal to revoke the company's permit. But the hearing officer ruled that the operating permit that allows Hardaway to dig a half-million yards of dirt from the pit is valid. The hearing officer did include an amendment to the permit requiring Hardaway to water the pit daily to reduce dust.
Florida, Thonotosassa, "Florida Excavation Area Unpopular With Neighbors" (Nov. 16, 1997). The Tampa Tribune reports that an excavation site in Thonotosassa, Florida is causing air and noise pollution for area residents.
Florida, Venice, "Florida City Councillor Proposes Moving the City's Airport" (Sep. 2, 1997). The Sarasota Herald-Tribune reports that Venice, Florida City Councillor David Farley is lobbying for the city to consider moving the city's general aviation airport to another location to eliminate neighbors' noise complaints and free up the prime waterfront property on which the airport is located. The article points out that such a project would require approvals by state and federal agencies and millions of dollars.
Florida, Venice, "Florida City Council Candidates Give Opinions on Moving Municipal Airport Due to Noise Problems" (Oct. 17, 1997). The Sarasota Herald-Tribune reports that the six candidates running for Venice (Florida) City Council gave mixed opinions about moving the Venice Municipal Airport at a candidate's forum on Thursday. According to the article, the incumbents said they would reserve judgment until they see the results of a study being conducted on the topic. The new candidates, for the most part, are opposed to the idea, the article says.
Florida, Vero Beach, "New Procedures at Vero Beach Airport Aims to Reduce Noise" (Aug. 14, 1998). The Press Journal reports that the Vero Beach Airport Commission has approved a master plan that outlines development through 2020. Much of the projected development aims to reduce noise and includes specific procedures established by the airport director for meeting that goal.
Florida, Vero Beach, "Florida's Vero Beach Airport Commission to Sit as its Own Noise-Abatement Committee" (Jun. 19, 1998). The Press Journal published an article regarding a special workshop to brainstorm ideas for softening the noise of airplanes flying into and out of the Vero Beach Municipal Airport. However, the Vero Beach Airport Commission decided to sit as its own noise-abatement committee during the workshop.
Florida, Vero Beach, "Florida Residents Prefer Peace and Quiet to Softball in their Neighborhood" (Mar. 19, 1998). The Press Journal of Vero Beach, Florida, reports that residents strongly object to a proposed softball complex in their neighborhood. They predict the complex will bring noise and traffic to their quiet neighborhood.
Florida, Vero Beach, "Vero Beach, Florida Residents Unfazed By Fatal Plane Crash in Their Backyard" (Apr. 29, 1999). The Stuart News/Port St. Lucie News reports that residents of Vero Beach, Florida, who have endured years of noisy low-flying planes from the Municipal Airport, came home to find wreckage of a plane crash in their backyard near the children's swing set. John O'Neal, owner of the home, was unfazed, saying "If you're going to live near an airport, you have to live with noise and whatever else." Four people died in the crash.
Florida, Vero Beach, "Vero Beach, Florida Resident Criticizes Flight Safety Company For Noisy Touch and Go Flights, Praises Mayor for Beginning Use of Noise-Monitoring Equipment" (Aug. 10, 1999). The Press Journal prints a letter to the editor which criticizes Flight Safety International's noisy touch and go flights. The author says that the company has done nothing to mitigate noise, and praises the mayor for instituting a noise-measurement program at the airport.
Florida, Vero Beach, "Letter to the Editor Recommends the Dissolution of the "Endlessly Complaining" Airport Noise-Abatement Committee" (Jul. 20, 1999). The Press Journal prints a letter to the editor from a resident who believes that the Vero Beach, Florida Airport Commission should dissolve the Noise Abatement Committee. The author has previously worked with another airport commission, and says that the "endless complaints" of their noise-abatement committee were effectively silenced by the commissioner when he dissolved that committee.
Florida, Vero Beach, "Limits on Noisy Nighttime "Touch and Go" Operations at Vero Beach, Florida's Municipal Airport Cause Declines in Takeoffs and Landings; Decrease May Affect Eligibility for Federal Grants" (Jun. 27, 1999). The Press Journal reports that limitations on noisy night operations at Vero Beach, Florida's Municipal Airport may affect the airport's eligibility for federal grants, including one that was expected to help build an approved $4.6 million control tower. The 95-foot tower would replace the old one, which has structural problems and technological inadequacies according to the FAA.
Florida, Vero Beach, "Airplanes' Noise Affects Quality of Life in Vero Beach, Florida" (May 26, 1999). Anyone remember the introduction to the "Fantasy Island" TV show?
Florida, Vero Beach, "Florida Flight School Too Noisy for Vero Beach Residents" (Apr. 17, 2000). The Press Journal printed this op ed regarding aircraft noise from FlightSafety Academy in Vero Beach, Florida. The editorial is written in its entirety.
Florida, Vero Beach, "Florida Residents Say Private Planes Not Commercial Are Too Noisy" (Apr. 19, 2000). The Press Journal reported on complaints against jet noise at Vero Beach Municipal airport, but this time the complaints are against private aircraft rather than commercial.
Florida, Vero Beach, "Local Café Works with Vero Beach, Florida Officials to Find Solution to Noise Problem" (Apr. 7, 2000). The Press Journal in Vero Beach, Florida reports that city police, attorneys, and planners are meeting this week with Hugh Raiten, owner of the Riverside Café, a bar with live music that has been the focus of noise complaints since it first opened in 1993.
Florida, Vero Beach, "Vero Beach, Florida Residents Want Noise Ordinance Amended Because of Loud Music From Café" (Apr. 2, 2000). The Press Journal in Vero Beach, Florida reports that residents Jim and Kathleen Norconk have had it with the loud music from the local Riverside Café. They have hired attorney James A. Taylor to help them with a petition that they hope will encourage the City Council to amend its noise ordinance. Other residents in the communities of Vero Isles, Vista Harbor, and McKee Point are supportive of the Norconks' efforts.
Florida, Vero Beach, "Florida Resident Likes Aircraft Noise: Disclosure a Must" (Apr. 15, 2000). The Press Journal printed a letter from an aircraft engineer regarding jet noise complaints. The letter is printed in its entirety.
Florida, Viera, "Local Florida Commission Hesitates to Ban Airboats; Waits for Outcome in Nearby Community" (May 20, 1998). The Press Journal reports the Brevard County Commission voted Tuesday to postpone action on requests to ban airboats from the waterway despite concerns from residents about noise and other environmental issues.
Florida, Volusia County, "Keep Your Music to Yourself; Florida County Adopts Noise Ordinance Aimed at Lowering the Volume of Boomboxes at the Beach" (Feb. 23, 1999). The Orlando Sentinel Tribune published an editorial supporting the adoption of a noise ordinance to quell loud beach music in Volusia County, Florida.
Florida, West Boca, "West Boca, Florida Residents Oppose 16-foot Noise Wall on U.S. 441, Asking For Shorter Wall Atop Existing Berm" (May 6, 1999). The Sun-Sentinel reports that over 200 residents gathered in Boca Chase to protest a proposed I-95 style noise walls in front of their homes that they say would give the community a 'prison-like' feel and decrease their property values. The Department of Transportation wants to build 16-foot noise walls in front of 8 communities in Boca Raton, Florida; Boca Chase residents want an 8-foot wall atop an existing berm, which has been shown already in Hillsborough county and confirmed by the state noise program administrator. The sound barriers, whatever their final form, will be required after the proposed widening of U.S. 441 from two lanes to six increases noise to more than 67 decibels, the point at which federal regulations require a noise wall.
Florida, West Boca, "Residents in West Boca, Florida Frustrated with Noise Study that Says Noise Walls Are Too Ineffective and Expensive to Be Built; State Representatives Say Don't Give Up" (Sep. 17, 1999). The Sun-Sentinel reports that the "bottom line" of a recent public meeting in West Boca, Florida on the subject of noise walls along U.S. 441 was that the walls could not be built. Many residents want the sound walls, some say that their property values will be hurt by the walls. Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) officials said that their study's results -- which calculated a cost of $57,000 per home protected, and a reduction of less than five decibels at most of those homes most affected -- do not justify sound walls. Local politicians told residents at the meeting not to give up, and said that "this is not over."
Florida, West Boca, "West Boca, Florida Couple Complains that a Neighbor Stomps In Wooden Clogs at Night and Allows Her Dogs to Bark Constantly; Neighbor Files Suit to Stop Their "Harassment"" (Jan. 30, 2000). The Sun-Sentinel reports that in West Boca, Florida, an elderly couple claims their upstairs neighbor stomps around with wooden clogs at night and allows her two dogs to constantly bark. The neighbor, who now wears socks at night, said she is suing the couple for harassing her.
Florida, West Palm Beach, "Florida Neighborhood Association Will Sue City Over Airport Noise; City May Pay High Price on Lawsuit" (Feb. 3, 1998). The Palm Beach Post reports that the Palm Beach (Florida) Neighborhood Association has threatened to sue Palm Beach County over noise at the Palm Beach International Airport. Today, county commissioners will decide whether to hire Cutler and Stanfield, a Washington, D.C. law firm that charges $205 an hour and specializes in airport noise issues. The article says the lawsuit could be one of the most expensive noise suits in the history of the airport, with costs that could amount to $1.8 million for the city.
Florida, West Palm Beach, "Study Finds New Runway at Florida Airport Won't Increase Noise" (Feb. 18, 1998). The Palm Beach Post reports that a recent study has found that a proposed 2,000-foot extension of the main runway at Palm Beach (Florida) International Airport will not pose a significant environmental impact to neighbors, and will not increase noise levels. The $553,983 study was paid for by the airport authority and reviewed by the Federal Aviation Administration, the article notes.
Florida, West Palm Beach, "Live with PBI Airport Noise or Move: It's Your Choice, Says Resident" (Mar. 5, 1998). The Palm Beach Post published the following letter in its Letters to the Editor section from West Palm Beach resident, Noelle Smith. Smith says dealing with noise from the Palm Beach International Airport is a choice she makes. Others, she says, need to take responsibility for their choice of residence. Ms Smith writes:
Florida, West Palm Beach, "Airport Officials Skip Open Forum at West Palm Beach Public Hearing" (Mar. 20, 1998). The Palm Beach Post reports Thursday's public hearing on West Palm Beach Airport's proposed runway extension used a format that prevented a group of people from expressing their views the old-fashioned way: in one large forum. Reviews were mixed.
Florida, West Palm Beach, "Noise Hotline at Palm Beach Airport" (Mar. 17, 1998). The Palm Beach Post reports that a call to Florida's Palm Beach International Airport's 24-hour noise hot line will provide residents specifics about the type of plane, airline, flight direction and weather conditions during takeoff if they think the noise culprit is an airplane flying outside set paths.
Florida, West Palm Beach, "Judge Rules Florida Landowners Must Prove Decreased Property Value in Airport Noise Suit" (Apr. 3, 1999). The Palm Beach Post reports a judge's ruling may have crippled the case of Palm Beach, Florida, landowners who claim their peace of mind is shattered by the noise of 85 air flights a day over their homes from Palm Beach International Airport.
Florida, Weston, "Florida Town Passes New Noise Ordinance" (Jul. 21, 1998). The Sun-Sentinel reports that city commissioners in Weston, Florida voted unanimously Monday to approve a noise ordinance that will give Broward County Sheriff's Office deputies the power to issue citations for people making "loud or raucous noise."
Florida, Weston, "West City Council Approves New Noise Code; Neighbors in Fort Lauderdale Get Relief from Barking Dog" (Jul. 30, 1998). The Sun-Sentinel reports that Weston city council has approved a noise code prohibiting loud and raucous noise.
Florida, Weston, "Weston, Florida, Gets Serious About Enforcing Quiet" (Jul. 7, 1998). The Sun-Sentinel reports several residents of Weston, Florida, urged the City Commission to approve a code limiting "loud and raucous noise." The noise code was unanimously approved.
Florida, Ybor, "Proposed Ordinance in Ybor, Florida Is Aimed to Quiet Loud Clubs; Other Noise Sources Still Make Up Majority of the Problem" (Aug. 2, 1999). The Tampa Tribune reports that a proposed new ordinance in Ybor, Florida will limit noise levels in residential areas to 55 decibels at the listener's property line, and downtown businesses will be limited to 85 decibels at their property line. Critics say that bars are only part of the problem, and note that many noisemakers are exempt.
Florida, Ybor City, "Businesses in Florida Protest Noise Ordinance" (Mar. 21, 1998). The Tampa Tribune reports that some Ybor City, Florida, business owners in the Latin Quarter say a proposed citywide noise ordinance would put them out of business.
Florida, Ybor City, "Restaurant Owners in Ybor City, Florida Upset at City's New Ordinance Forbidding Excessive Noise from Outside Entertainment" (Nov. 20, 1999). The Tampa Tribune reports that against protests from local restaurant owners, Ybor City, Florida has passed an ordinance to forbid excessive noise in several districts.
Florida, Zephyrhills, "More Activity at Florida's Zephyrhills Airport Means More Noise for Residents" (Mar. 11, 1999). The St. Petersburg Times reports life has gotten louder recently in Zephyrhills, Florida, where quiet living is disappearing for some residents as activity increases at the Zephyrhills Municipal Airport.
Floridaj, Orlando, "Orlando, Florida Airport Advisory Group Approves Rule to Notify Prospective Home Buyers of Aircraft Noise If It Has Been Recently Rezoned Residential" (May 15, 1999). The Orlando Sentinel Tribune reports that an Orlando, Florida airport advisory board approved a rule that would notify prospective home buyers of aircraft noise if the land was previously not zoned residential. Orlando's two airports are voluntarily adopting the rule to avoid expensive noise abatement measures in the future that have cost airports like Atlanta $400 million. Some buyers will be asked to sign waivers saying they won't sue over noise, while
France, Cannes, "French Officials Say Pollution-Reduction to Comply with Kyoto Conference Global Warming Protocol Should Be Coupled with Noise Reduction" (Nov. 22, 1999). Aviation Week and Space Technology reports that French environmental officials believe that in working towards the carbon dioxide limits set by the U.N.'s global warming conference in Kyoto, researchers should also prioritize noise reduction. Turbines are 40% quieter than they were in the 1970s, and many further gains in noise reduction will result from work on non-engine components.
France, Lyon, "France To Enforce Tough Noise Ban At Airport" (Jul. 5, 1999). According to the Air Transport Intelligence, Stage 2 aircraft will no longer be able to land at Lyon-Satolas Airport at night in southeastern France. The French government approved new plans submitted by airport officials. Older aircraft such as old generation Boeing 727 may not land between 11:15 pm and 6:15 am.
France, Paris, "France Plans to Add Two Runways at Paris Airport and Enact New Anti-Noise Standards" (Sep. 30, 1997). International Market Insight Trade Inquiries reports that the French Ministry of Transport announced on September 23 that it plans to proceed with the addition of two new runways at Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris. Anti-noise standards will accompany the project, the article says.
France, Paris, "Report Finds Six Million People in France Suffer From Excess Noise Pollution" (Apr. 16, 1998). The Independent reports that the Economic and Social Council (CES) in France, a consultative body representing industrial, business and social groups, issued a report that finds six million French people suffer from excess noise, mainly from cars, railways, and planes.
France, Paris, "France will Phase out Noisier Jets at Charles de Gaulle Airport" (Jun. 29, 1998). AP Worldstream reports the French government on Monday agreed to phase out noisier jetliners at Paris' Charles de Gaulle Airport by 2002.
France, Paris, "Paris Cabarets Too Noisy For Public" (Dec. 15, 1999). The London Times reports that French cabarets have been targeted by anti-noise groups, and will either have to close or install soundproofing. Up to 2,000 of the 3,000 French bars that stage concerts will close, according to their owners.
France, Paris, "Raytheon Aircraft Co. Shows Wares at Paris Airshow, Including Beech 1900D with a Quiet-Cabin Feature" (Jun. 15, 1999). A press release from the M2Presswire Company details the Raytheon Aircraft Company's new showings at the Paris Airshow, including a Beech 1900D model with a quieter cabin.
France, Strasbourg, "Environmentalism or Protectionism? The EU and the US Spar about New Aircraft Standards" (Feb. 10, 1999). AP Worldstream reports the European Parliament, against the wishes of the United States, on Wednesday approved a European Union proposal for new standards aimed at reducing aircraft noise and pollution.
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