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09/06/2013

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'CAT AND MOUSE' Smokin' Joe's has been the source of numerous noise complaints downtown. Photo by Norman Schimmel THE NOISE DISCUSSION TURNS TO ENFORCEMENT AFTER THE CITY COMMISSIONERS LEARN ABOUT A GAME AT SEVERAL MAIN STREET BARS THAT SEEM TO BE EVADING THE CITY'S SOUND ORDINANCE By Roger Drouin County Editor City commissioners said this week that they want the city attorney to tighten the current noise regulations, combining two ordinances into one. They also directed Police Chief Bernadette DiPino to meet with several bar owners about continuing problems. In the meantime Mayor Shannon Snyder had a direct message for DiPino and police officers to send to several Main Street bar owners — including those at Tequila Cantina and Smokin' Joe's — who are evading the city's noise laws. Snyder called them "problem They will understand: Turn the children." Then in November, the volume down. City Commission will once again take up the issue of downtown sound. Shannon Snyder Mayor City of Sarasota "We have a problem with two or three businesses that don't want to comply," Sny-

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