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THE NOISE ORDINANCE MEETING Some ���give��� at a time of year for giving ��� Stan Zimmerman Maybe it was the Christmas music on the radio or the Salvation Army bell-ringers. But what could have been a knock-���em-down disagreement over the city���s noise ordinance took on a kinder tone Wednesday evening, Dec. 19. Some people were strident, for certain. But if Santa was watching the streaming video, he added more than a few fighters to his nice list. Even the ranting of ex-Judge Frank Brenner (���Does the city need more noise?���) failed to provoke an aura of hostility. When the meeting started, the audience of around 100 people were in chairs, standing in the back, sitting on the floor and spilling over into an adjacent room of the City Hall Annex. A stereotypist would have had no problem distinguishing between the players ��� it was youth versus age. Neither side walked in prepared to give an inch. Many people walked away feeling a little of the other���s pain, and ready ��� just maybe ��� to consider some modification to the city���s entertainment-smothering blanket ordinance. (Full story here) GIVING UP North Port wants out of Warm Mineral Springs deal ��� Cooper Levey-Baker The North Port City Commission agenda simply called for a discussion about how to proceed in managing Warm Mineral Springs, the 87-degree ���Fountain of Youth��� the city co-owns with the county, but one commissioner placed a very different motion on the table. ���My motion is to sell the Warm Mineral Springs in its entirety to a private entity,��� North Port Commissioner Cheryl Cook announced just minutes into the commission���s Tuesday, Dec. 18, meeting. In less than two hours, that motion had been approved by a 3-2 majority, sending the county a clear signal that North Port has no desire to continue its joint management of the property. (Full story here) Click Any Headline To Go Directly To That Article AT A GLANCE TOP STORIES

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