Please put some kind of sound barrier up at the Highland Recreation Center Aquatic center, (or perhaps physically put the speakers lower on the poles) the sound from the speakers at the pool is extremely loud and the noise trajectory is directly at the neighboring "community" homes that live near-by. We have asked ever since the recreation center was built but still no one has addressed it. Even Largo Police have said something should be done. PLEASE address this issue. Thank you.

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Lara Khoury, Management Analyst III admin about 2 years ago

Hello Ms. Scott, I spoke with Lt. Slaughter at the Largo Police Department so that we may come up with a solution. He indicated that the current barriers we have are sufficient. We will be working with him to ensure that the settings on our speakers do not exceed legal guidelines. This way when the facility is very crowded, staff do not raise the sound more than the legal limit. Thank you for your input and we will continue to monitor the situation. Lt. Slaughter indicated that he is willing to work with you if you have further questions and he suggested that you keep track of when the sound seems too loud and contact the Largo Police Department and we will address the issue.

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Barbara Scott about 2 years ago

Thank you for your response and in theory this all sounds good but we're sorry that is blatantly not true. For one thing there is currently NO sound barrier, so to say the current barriers are sufficient is a bit odd. And the legal limits have been surpassed several times, especially when permits for others to hold special events are given out and no one from the recreation center is even there to speak with, for instance the time when large professional DJ speakers were pointed directly at the residents homes from the field approx. 50 feet from the homes. The police were called and we were told once again that an officer would check but nothing was done then either when it was clearly way above legal limits. Perhaps law enforcers do not get enough training in reading decibel levels or how the booming of bass constantly effects the "community" but we know that is not really their specialty of course. But if makes us wonder if Lt. Slaughter or city commissioners or any officials lived close by the recreation center if the story would be the same. Also people complain and the police will send letters to people regarding their car stereos loudly booming because it is obnoxious and rude agreed, yet cars driving by are at least temporary where the recreation center's noise is louder, more ongoing and invades our homes and our lives and it is just brushed off as 'legal'.

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Barbara Bienvenue about 2 years ago

Management Analyst, exactly HOW many complaints have been filed about the noise? How about visiting the residents on a weekend, with a reader? What happened to caring and leading the community through the issues? If all of us, not just one, is complaining, then why are YOU not knocking on our doors this weekend with a reader to see our problems? There are technological solutions to this problem and shame on you for not seeking them out.

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Barbara Scott almost 2 years ago

The United States Supreme Court: As early as 1949 it recognized LOCAL GOVERNMENT'S DUTY to regulate, and enforce laws protecting individuals from the invasion of amplified music. The court stated, “in his home or on the street he is practically helpless to escape this interference with his privacy by loud speakers except through the protection of the municipality.” (Kovacv.Cooper,336 U.S. 77, 87 (1949))

The Florida Constitution, states that “it shall be the policy of the state to conserve and protect its natural resources and scenic beauty. Adequate provisions shall be made by law for the abatement of air and water pollution and excessive and unnecessary noise.” (Florida Constitution,Article II, Section 7)

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Treble Hook 5 months ago

It's the price you pay for the growth decreed. You have to accept these kind of things when you enjoy living so close to each other. There's lawn equipment operating in neighborhoods 8 hours or more a day. Personally I'd rather hear the music over those and the Traffic and humming of air conditioners even at a low noise rating. I have to admit I'm not very fond of the music the ice cream truck brings, but their red white and blue rocket pops are tasty.

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Barbara Scott 4 months ago

WRONG Some things are just not addressed period. People, no matter how 'crowded' it gets shouldn't have to wake up in a night club atmosphere with homes booming from stereo speakers from the city. I am not referring to a little music, I'm talking about homes almost rattling from the BOOMING of speakers and so called 'noise abatement' that is a joke. If they even physically dropped those speakers down on the poles it would help considering they are elevated land then a dip in the land then homes are also on elevated land. It is almost louder at our homes than when closer to the speakers. It's comments like yours that we get from the commissioners and city too - ignored and minimized.

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