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'.
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)
100% agree!!! In the afternoons during "rush hour" too it's a traffic log jam between US 19 and Belcher heading West, after that it flows normally. It is not traffic congestion, it is the timing of lights - at times only allowing 2 cars through due to back up of cars stuck at next light.