Update: Commissioners pass new rules after Tallahassee police propose a change in the city's noise ordinance
Original Story: A proposed noise ordinance is on the agenda for the Tallahassee City Commission meeting this afternoon. It’s designed to prohibit noisy gatherings that are defined in part as "unreasonably loud, raucous, or jarring to a reasonable person of normal sensitivities and which is plainly audible to a police officer or code enforcement officer."
The ordinance would get rid of existing noise regulations based on decibel levels and zoning districts. It would give Tallahassee police the discretion to decide whether a noise violation has occurred. An initial violation could come with a $250 fine.
The proposal is expected to get a public hearing at the March 9th city commission meeting.
Under the new rules police officers in addition to local residents, could be the complainants in such noise complaints.
Officers are now able to issue fines for repeat complaints. Costs range from $250 for the first violation to $500 for a third.