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01/03/2014

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LOOKING BACK YEAR IN REVIEW: MARCH City Commissioner Paul Caragiulo compares noise readings with a Sarasota Police officer working on St. Armands Circle. Photo by Norman Schimmel On March 4, Sarasota City Commissioner Paul Caragiulo raises a discussion about the city's noise ordinance after leading two community workshops in 2012 on the background, impact and implications of the measure. He suggests three different approaches. One would be pursuit of a staff-only study, involving planners, police and possibly consultants. A second would be the formation of an ad hoc committee, and the third would be a mix of the first two. A majority of public speakers at the City Commission meeting that day say downtown is too noisy. Some bars and restaurants are singled out as being especially offensive. "We need more enforcement, more qualified [police] officers," Caragiulo says. "There is lots of opportunity to alter some of these things — how you permit operations, how you position speakers. You can't treat all businesses the same." City Manager Tom Barwin adds, "We have the message on enforcement. We'll report back on that. I'd suggest perhaps an ad hoc committee, and perhaps we can retain a consultant, and we can come back in 90 or 100 days with a list of options."

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