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City Gets Ready For 'Funk Fest' As 'Rockville' Noise Testing Results Released

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Kevin Meerschaert

While workers  were setting up the stage and seats for this weekend's "Funk Fest" Concert at Jacksonville's Metropolitan Park, a City Council Committee heard the results of noise level testing at last month's "Welcome to Rockville" event.

In previous years some residents in the St. Nicholas neighborhood across the St. Johns River from Met Park complained the concert was too loud, rattling their windows.

What appears to have worked well at "Rockville" was repositioning the temporary stages so the sound would be directed away from the river.

There were few complaints from across the St. Johns because of the switch that concert promoters paid for themselves. There were some problems at one location with the level of bass being above acceptable levels.   

The Metropolitan Park Ad Hoc Committee has spent several months looking into the noise problem, seeking a solution that would satisfy the neighbors and the users of Met Park.

Council Committee Chair Denise Lee says they will wait until more noise testing is completed before deciding what if anything can be done.