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SOHO businesses oppose noise violation ordinance

SOHO businesses oppose noise violation ordinance

  • “We would like at least what Ybor and these other business districts are being given so we have an opportunity to conduct business as we’ve been conducting it,” said Gigante.
  • SOHO businesses oppose noise violation ordinance (Photo: Beau Zimmer, WTSP)
  • TAMPA, Florida- A battle is brewing over a proposed ordinance which would give Tampa Police more authority to crack down on noise violations including those along South Howard Avenue.
  • Adam Smith lives a block off South Howard Avenue.
  • “Your walls are vibrating, your bed is vibrating and it’s just going with the music; boom, boom, boom,” said Smith who has been a vocal critic of SOHO businesses and their late night noise.

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TAMPA, Florida— A battle is brewing over a proposed ordinance which would give Tampa Police more authority to crack down on noise violations including those along South Howard Avenue.   The city gets thousands of complaints every year, but if the ordinance is passed officers may be required to do more to hold bars and restaurants in the SOHO district accountable.    Adam Smith lives a block off South Howard Avenue. His bedroom overlooks the many bars below.   “Your walls are vibrating, your bed is vibrating and it's just going with the music; boom, boom, boom,” said Smith who has been a vocal critic of SOHO businesses and their late night noise.   Smith is among those supporting the proposed city ordinance which would require Tampa Police to better enforce existing noise standards.   “One in the morning on a Wednesday blasting music waking people up in the middle of the night,” says Smith of the problem.  “Everyone has to work at some point.”   But business owners like Jeff Gigante say they’re trying to keep area homeowners happy while also offering customers a lively atmosphere in the heart of one of Tampa’s most popular dining districts.   “We wanna be good neighbors but you have to understand when you’re living in close proximity, there’s going to be a little bit of consideration that has to go both ways,” said Gigante who owns 5 businesses along South Howard with 2 more under construction.   He and other members of the SOHO business alliance call the city’s existing decibel requirements unrealistic….   “We’re at 82… 77… 74,” he says while holding up a decibel monitor.  Those were readings with just ambient noise from the street. % INLINE % “We’re way out of compliance right now because remember as it gets later it drops down 10 dBs.”   Business owners argue unlike some of the city’s other business districts which are allowed more noise, South Howard falls under the requirements of a normal neighborhood with lower decibel limits.   “We would like at least what Ybor and these other business districts are being given so we have an opportunity to conduct business as we’ve been conducting it,” said Gigante.   Businesses feel they have a good relationship with Tampa Police Officers who they say have been using good judgment when it comes to noise complaints, but worry the new ordinance would force them to start writing citations.   “For us, we just don’t want this to be passed without the bossiness voice. Because we’re a huge economic muscle for the city.”   To view a full list of decibel comparisons, CLICK HERE .


SOHO businesses oppose noise violation ordinance

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