Sarasota News Leader

05/30/2014

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In the wake of Bob's Boathouse's continued alleged violations of a revised county Air and Sound Pollution Ordinance that went into effect on March 20, the Sarasota County Sheriff 's Office has issued at least two criminal Notices to Appear to managers at the restaurant, The Sarasota News Leader has learned. Wendy Rose, commu- nity affairs manager in the Sheriff's Office, explained that such a notice "goes on the books as an arrest." In response to a recent News Leader request for information, Rose reported that as of May 13, depu- ties had responded t o 2 3 c o m p l a i n t s of noise ordinance v i o l a t i o n s s i n c e the ordinance was revised. However, she pointed out, not all of them have resulted in citations. Bob's Boathouse is at the rear of property that used to be home to a car dealership at 5515 S. Tamiami Trail in Sarasota. Photo by Rachel Hackney POINT/COUNTERPOINT OVER NOISE POINT-COUNTERPOINT OVER NOISE BOB'S BOATHOUSE AND SARASOTA COUNTY TRADE MOTIONS OVER PROVISIONS OF THE COUNTY'S REVISED NOISE ORDINANCE IN MISDEMEANOR CASES INVOLVING TWO RESTAURANT MANAGERS The restrictions under the Ordinance are so severe that it regulates sound in a way that substantially limits more speech than necessary to achieve the goal of protecting citizens from excessive noise. Motion to Dismiss Ryan D. Cussans Case 12th Circuit Court By Rachel Brown Hackney Editor

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