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Councilman's Redman's proposal to help residents across the river

7:52 PM, Jan 12, 2013   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Residents across the river from Metro Park  complain that the concerts there are too loud, too long and too vulgar, so their city councilman has proposed a solution.

The performance stage at Metro Park would go silent... 12 times a year, eliminating the ticketed concerts now allowed each year with an exemption to the city's noise ordinance.

City Councilman Don Redman is proposing the change. He hears numerous complaints from his constituents across the river about the loud music, music that keeps getting louder and louder.

"Used to not be that loud, used to not have the pounding , the vibration, that shakes their houses and shakes their windows at this point. Used to not be that bad," Redman said.

Residents of the Southbank and St. Nicholas neighborhoods say the noise from across the river is effecting their quality of life.

"The sound volume is over the top. You cannot be outside your home and in some instances you can stand in my kitchen and see the crystal rattling in the cupboard,"said Ginny Myrick, who lives in St. Nicholas.

"The bass is the issue for me. It reverberates throughout my house, you can't get away from it," said George Kruer.

At two recent concerts, the residents say the spoken word from the stage was too explicit.

"I think it is offensive to be in the yard and can't have your children or grandchildren out in the yard because the f-bomb is flying off the mike, that is clear over here," said Jeannine Balanky.

Kathy Moore agrees. "When the speaker was at the microphone speaking, it was as clear as you and I having a conversation of explicit language. It is coming in to where I can't even be in my own home."

Joe Fuller has attended four Soul Food Festivals at Metro Park and would hate to see events go away.

"The concerts are real nice, it is good for the community, lot of folks show up, lot of get together with family and friends, if the people across the river could hear the music, it's not every day a concert goes on, every now and then so I think it is a bad idea to cancel," said Fuller.

Redman says something must be done. He'll work to pass his bill through City Council. Redman says he is also working on other alternatives if the bill does not pass. He will meet with the city administration this week to discuss other alternatives such as a temporary barrier to deflect the noise, or asking concert acts to tone down the noise.

The residents we talked to say they love Metro Park and the events there, but recently things are over the top. They think Redman's bill may be going too far. If the offensive concerts could be limited in some way, made family friendly, they would be happy. But if it takes the bill to pass to get some relief, they will support it.

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