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St. Petersburg officials to take another look at noise ordinance

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St. Petersburg’s Planning and Economic Development Department set another date in its re-evaluation of a 2016 amendment to a city noise ordinance. It will be the second public meeting on the noise ordinance and will be 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 29, at Sunshine Center in St. Petersburg, St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce advocacy manager Travis Norton said Tuesday. In 2016, the city officials amended the noise ordinance to accommodate residents and businesses. It requires bars and restaurants with outdoor…

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Tryst refutes accusations of being a bad neighbor

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Tryst Gastro Lounge, the booming nightlife mecca on Beach Drive, is firing back against recent accusations that the business was a “bad neighbor.” During a City Council meeting earlier this month approving an updated noise ordinance, several residents and some council members specifically referenced Tryst as the center of the noise problem downtown. No other business was directly referenced in that meeting. “We work very closely with the city of St. Petersburg to comply with the latest noise requirements,” the…

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St. Pete adopts changes to noise ordinance

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St. Pete City Council finally came to consensus on an update to the city’s noise ordinance. The board approved a measure that requires bars and restaurants with outdoor noise projection to point the speakers toward its customers, not toward its neighbors. Specifically, the ordinance requires the speakers to be permanently mounted and be directed away from residences. The issue came up after a number of downtown St. Pete condo owners complained about booming noise from neighboring establishments well into the…

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St. Pete City Council ups fines for repeat noise ordinance violators

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St. Pete City Council approved changes to its noise ordinance that make it more expensive for repeat offenders. The ordinance increases fines for businesses that have violated the city’s noise ordinance more than once. A third offense would result in a $500 fine for businesses under the new ordinance. There has been some controversy surrounding St. Pete’s efforts to keep nightlife noise from interrupting residents in downtown. As the city grows, more and more establishments are opening into the early morning…

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