Neptune Beach mayor wants to cut back on noise pollution

NEPTUNE BEACH, Fla. -- A proposal to scale back the time contractors can work on homes is up for debate in Neptune Beach.

Joanne Wadell has lived in Neptune Beach for more than 40 years. She said there are times when she hears saws buzzing and hammers pounding as late at 10 p.m..

"That noise sounds like a train is coming right through your house," she said.

She's not the only one who's complained. The city's mayor, Harriet Pruette, said several have complained in the last year. That's why she's trying to do something about it.

"To have to listen to industrial noise until 10 o'clock every night -- certainly puts a damper into your quality of life," she said.

Now, she wants construction to stop at 8:30 p.m. Pruette said 90 minutes less to work each day shouldn't hurt development. Contractors who spoke with First Coast News agree. The proposed changed will be brought up Monday. People like Wadell are optimistic.

"It's important to the neighborhood, you know, that we keep it like a family neighborhood," she said.

Pruette went on to say right now, part of the ordinance includes music from bars and clubs being shut down at 8:30 p.m. instead of 10:00 p.m. Pruette said she won't support that part of the measure, and will have it removed.


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