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11:26 PM, Mar 5, 2013   |    comments
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ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- The Llambias House is a building which dates back to the 1700s.

Located on St. Francis Street in the heart of old St. Augustine, it's a popular venue for weddings and receptions.

Recently, some neighbors have complained about the noise coming from the wedding receptions at the Llambias House.

"I guess I don't understand. We've had weddings here for 40 some years," Susan Parker said. She's the Executive Director of the St. Augustine Historical Society, which operates the venue.

She said no laws have been violated and people who rent the venue are given rules to follow.

"We give them a decibel level limit which is 52 decibels. The city's limit is 60. So we're well below," Parker said.

Also, no bands are allowed, only DJs. No receptions can last past 9 p.m.

"The buildings are close to each other and the neighbors are close to the property line and vice versa. That's part of living here," Parker said.

According to City Attorney Ron Brown, the police have been called to the Llambias House for noise concerns. However, he said no violations were discovered.

The City of St. Augustine is actually the trustee owner of the property, and if there were code or noise violations, the city can't put a lien against itself, according to Brown.

"The fact the city owns it does give us certain rights," Brown admitted. "We're aware of those. For now we are negotiating with the Llambias House trustees to come up with a solution that would satisfy the adjoining neighbors."

But Parker hopes weddings and receptions can continue because income from renting the property goes toward maintaining several historic buildings.

"It's the best way for us to take care of the buildings," Parker said.

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