On the evening of Thursday, May 16th, the St. Petersburg City Council voted to maintain the current noise ordinance parameters and add enforcement measures and strengthen penalties. Council members Amy Foster, Charlie Gerdes, Darden Rice, Ed Montanari, Gina Driscoll, Lisa Wheeler Bowman, and Steve Kornell voted unanimously in favor of the proposed changes.
In 2017, the St. Pete Chamber assembled a Noise Ordinance Task Force to track this issue and provide input from the business community. At that time, the city was exploring a transition to a decibel level ordinance, in which noise officers would use decibel readers to measure noise levels at the property line of the establishment instead of the current “plainly audible at distance” rules.
The Chamber – after several months of study, community conversations, a Now Trending lunch, and dozens of meetings with council members, downtown residents, and owner operators – took the position of supporting an increase in enforcement of the rules and elevating the penalties for violation.
SPYP and Chamber Members Engagement
Several Chamber members attended last evening’s City Council meeting to speak in favor of keeping St. Pete a vibrant city. Thank you to St. Pete Young Professionals Chair Lauren Ellis, SPYP Past Chair Brooks Wallington, and Noise Ordinance Chair Craig Tarazski for your support.
The Chamber thanks the City Staff, including Liz Abernathy and her predecessor Dave Goodwin for their willingness to work with the business community. The Chamber commits to work with our members to ensure the ordinance is followed.