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Close that door! Karl Nurse asks for help dealing with downtown St. Pete noise complaints

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If you run a noisy bar downtown, prepare to start closing your doors after midnight – 11 if it’s a weeknight. Literally closing the door, not closing in general.

Sound absurd? It’s not, really.

In an effort to deal with burdensome and frequent noise complaints in the burgeoning downtown St. Pete nightlife scene, City Council member Karl Nurse is asking his colleagues to collaborate on a plan.

The board voted unanimously, with Wengay Newton abstaining due to an absence, to send the matter to the Public Services and Infrastructure Committee. That committee meets March 12.

Nurse highlighted the problem as a nuisance for officers who are called out to investigate loud bars and parties when their hands are largely tied by city policy.

“It’s an enormous waste of the officers’ time because it doesn’t actually get anything done,” Nurse said.

He pointed out that of more than 300 calls for noise complaints, very few of those calls resulted in citations.

Nurse said the city’s legal department has come up with some ideas to change that and will continue discussing possible ordinances that will have enough teeth for officers to enforce.

And, no joke, one of them also includes closing doors after midnight on weekends and 11 on weekdays.


Janelle Irwin has been a professional journalist covering local news and politics in the Tampa Bay area since 2003. She also hosts a weekly political talk show on WMNF Community radio. Janelle formerly served as the sole staff reporter for WMNF News and previously covered news for and various local neighborhood newsletters. Her work has been featured in the New York Daily News, Free Speech Radio News and Florida Public Radio and she's been interviewed by radio stations across the nation for her coverage of the 2012 Republican National Convention. Janelle is a diehard news junkie who isn't afraid to take on big names in local politics including Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, the dirty business of trash and recycling in St. Pete and the ongoing Pier debacle. Her work as a reporter and radio host has earned her two WMNF awards including News Volunteer of the Year and Public Affairs Volunteer of the Year. Janelle is also the devoted mother to three brilliant and beautiful daughters who are a constant source of inspiration and occasional blogging fodder. To contact, email

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