Metro Park concert concerns making noise

9:42 PM, Apr 28, 2013   |    comments
Bill introduced would eliminate 12 ticketed concerts at Metro Park that now have exemption from noise ordinance
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Sylvia Wilkinson said she could feel the vibrations of the bass coming from Metropolitan Park's 'Welcome to Rockville' concert just by touching her window. 

Wilkinson is just one of the local residents living across the river from Metro Park who wasn't excited about the Rockville concert this weekend.

Noise has been an ongoing issue for residents living in the riverfront homes. Every time there's an event at the park, residents say, the loud noise causes a problem.

After numerous complaints from residents, a proposal to ban ticketed events at Metro Park made it to Jacksonville's city council this January.

But band promoters and some business owners told the council the city would lose millions of dollars in revenue if they shut down the park.

City council voted against the bill on April 4.

"The city did not want to lose the money, the revenue coming in and I understand that, but in the mean time the neighbors are having to suffer -- lots of neighbors," Wilkinson said.

Metro Park is the largest outdoor concert venue in Jacksonville and local residents who enjoy these events say it is the right place to have them.

Sound readings were taken on March 27 to help the Ad-Hoc committee review the ongoing issues. 

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