Local bar fights residents' noise complaints via Facebook

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- St. Augustine is wrestling with noise complaints from neighbors who say loud music is coming from bars and restaurants downtown.

Some of the complaints come from people who live in the Davis Shores neighborhood, across the water from downtown.

But one local bar is taking to social media, asking people to take action, to save live music and to keep business flowing in downtown.

The Bar with No Name posted on its Facebook page: "the few that are complaining don't like the noise testing results so instead they would rather reverse the economic advancements the city has made over the past 5 years during the "GREAT RECESSION" by stifling current business and deterring future business and making saint Augustine less attractive to the adult tourists who fill restaurants, bars, hotels and bed and breakfasts." [sic]

However, some who live nearby say the music is too loud, too late into the night. They would like to see a quitting time, such as midnight.

Irene Arriola was one resident who told city commissioners this month that, "Nobody wants to close these places down. Everyone likes music and enjoys it. We're tight. Everyone needs to get along, and give a little."

The City of St. Augustine already has a noise ordinance and is testing decibel levels when complaints are filed.

The city is considering putting decibel level restrictions on public areas, not just in private property areas.


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