Clearwater cracks down on noise with new ordinance - FOX 13 News

Clearwater cracks down on noise with new ordinance

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Clearwater's new noise ordinance outlaws "...a rumbling or reverberating rhythmic bass type sound..."

Or as Soozy Naylor puts it: "There's young kids in the car with the bass turned up. You can actually feel that ‘boom boom boom' but you don't hear any words in it because it's all contained in the car."

Naylor told FOX 13 News that is a common complaint she hears from residents of the Sand Pearl Residences on Clearwater Beach. Her Key West Express Boutique sits in front of those condominiums and across the street from the Brown Boxer Pub.

The Brown Boxer offers live music into the early morning hours, drawing complaints from nearby condominium residents.

On the other end of Clearwater Beach Shephard's Beach Resort, music has irritated Sand Key residents nearly a mile away across the water.

"Sometimes, some of that bass reverberates and it actually travels a pretty decent distance," Clearwater Police Chief Dan Slaughter confirmed, adding the Brown Boxer and Shephard's are not the only night clubs rattling their neighbor's windows and walls.

Legally limiting volume can be difficult. The new ordinance may be easier.

"This ordinance has been drafted to address the reverberating basses that may not necessarily be loud, but still tend to impact the quality of life of somebody who's in a residential area close to a commercial area."

Basically if an officer can hear it (or feel it) more than 100 feet away, it is a violation.

The Clearwater City Commission passed the new ordinance Thursday night and it is effective immediately. Chief Slaughter said officers will now be trained in its enforcement, but the city has been working with the nightclubs since the tail end of spring break.

"So far, we've had very good voluntary compliance and [the businesses] have been very agreeable to try to work through this," Slaughter said.


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