Sunday, May 10, 2015

City passes strict enforceable Noise Ordinance


The Apalachicola Board of City Commissioners at their regular scheduled meeting held May 5, unanimously passed a revamped, stricter ordinance that prohibits sound systems and other noise-producing devices from being audibly heard throughout the city.

The ordinance immediately went into effect after passage at the meeting and forbids the use or operation of any radio receiving set, “boom box,” musical instrument, television, phonograph, tape or compact disc player, loudspeaker or any other device for the production or reproduction of sound in such a manner as to cause a noise disturbance.

People who violate the ordinance shall be prosecuted in court on misdemeanor charges and if convicted the first offense shall be punishable by a fine of $50, for the second offense a fine of $150 will be imposed; and for the third offense and thereafter, a fine of $250 or a 60-day stay in the county jail will be assessed.

A special permit can be obtained by completing and filing an application with the City Administrator for activities and events that will exceed the maximum permissible noise levels permitted by the ordinance.

For further guidance the entire text of the ordinance can be accessed by clicking HERE: