Destin Proposes Changes to Noise Ordinance

Destin, Fla. - Destin residents and business owners are battling over noise issues. The Destin City Council is discussing proposed changes to the citywide noise ordinance. The proposal could effect some popular events.

Destin residents, upset by noise, are asking City officials to consider several changes to reduce the disturbances. But, some merchants are concerned a new ordinance will affect their businesses.

"This is probably the most frightening thing that's ever happened to the working community of Destin," explained Peter Bos, owner of HarborWalk Village.

"The noise ordinance we are proposing in Destin came about because the courts found our previous noise ordinance deficient," shared Mayor Scott Fischer, City of Destin. 

The current noise ordinance in place, calls for a code enforcement officer to use a decibel meter to measure the noise levels. The proposed revisions would be based off "audible" complaints and regulations. 

"The fact that it's even being proposed, dealing with something that really hasn't been that broken and people actually now complain based on audible, meaning you can just hear it and complain," Bos shared his concerns. 

Many residents on Holiday Isle claim they can hear music from the Harbor District at all hours of the night. 

"It's just a good neighbor type of ordinance. And, I think it is fairly common in or fairly similar to many of those across the country," said Mayor Fischer. 

"Is that really what you want to do? What we have is, well, we have sound issues, residential and commercial. They are issues that need to be dealt with."

Destin City officials confirmed the proposed noise ordinance is on the agenda for their next City Council meeting, set for 6:00 P.M. Monday, at the Destin City Annex.

The Destin City Council will hear the first reading of that proposed noise ordinance on Monday.

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