Sarasota News Leader

03/21/2014

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By the first of next week, Michele Chapman and her neighbors on Montclair Drive — as well as other residents in the vicinity of Bob's Boathouse — should be getting some relief from sound levels they say have been damag- ing their health. It will take three to five days for the State of Florida to record the revised Sarasota County Air and Sound Pollution Ordinance the County Commission approved 3-1 on March 19 following a public hearing that lasted about 90 minutes. Another 30 minutes of public comments were offered on the topic at the beginning of the board's regular meeting in Sarasota by people who could not stay for discussion of the agenda item. As Michele Chapman watches from the podium (left), Code Enforcement Officer Kevin Burns and Jim McWhorter compare decibel readings on a recording Chapman made of music from Bob's Boathouse. Photo by Rachel Hackney A REVISED COUNTY SOUND ORDINANCE MAY PROVIDE RELIEF AT LAST TO NEIGHBORS OF BOB'S BOATHOUSE, BUT SOME BUSINESS OWNERS REMAIN WARY OF 'UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES' PEACE IN OUR TIME We could be buying ourselves some incredible lawsuits here, going countywide and not vetting [the revised ordinance] first, with the unintended consequences that could occur. Joe Barbetta Commissioner Sarasota County By Rachel Brown Hackney Editor

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