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Met Park Noise Ordinance Vote Delayed

Kevin Meerschaert

The Jacksonville City Council has delayed a vote to set temporary noise control at Metropolitan Park.

Concert promoters and council members reached a deal on amended legislation Tuesday afternoon but it still needs to be reviewed by the full council before a vote can take place.

A source of contention at city council Tuesday night was what to do with the upcoming musical events at Met Park.

Soul Fest is coming up Saturday, November 30 and The Big Ticket is on Sunday, December 8.

The Council voted to grant both events noise waivers so they won’t have to comply with the city sound ordinance.

Several Council members like Richard Clark say the city needs to stop making promoters jump through so many hoops to put on a concert.

“This stuff is the reason St. Augustine continuously kicks our butt at promoting events and bringing events to town," Clark said.

"Because we're up here trying to figure out how to stymie them, how we’re going to shut them down how were going to make them pay for more stuff."

Some neighbors across the river have complained about concerts at Met Park rattling their windows and hearing foul language from the performers.

Concert promoters said they have made changes to the stages and speakers to limit the noise problems.

Kevin Meerschaert has left WJCT for new pursuits. He was the producer of First Coast Connect until October of 2018.