Hearing set on new ordinance to limit noise
City officials are scrambling to craft a new noise ordinance to replace one that is set to expire July 26. The measure would look much like the expiring ordinance, which limits outdoor sound to 55 decibels after 10 p.m., and 60 decibels at all other times. Officials may add a provision requiring amplifiers and speakers in restaurants and bars be pointed inward, to prevent sound from traveling down the Cotee River or through town. City Attorney Joseph Poblick told council members Tuesday night that they can't simply extend the existing ordinance, because it was an emergency measure passed last year with a fixed expiration date. Last October, the council suspended its original ordinance, which banned all amplified sound outdoors. The measure had gone unenforced for years, but when officers suddenly started handing out citations, an angry crowd packed City Hall — some carrying guitars, some with bongos. The council then crafted the emergency ordinance that is now set to expire. Unless a new one is approved, the city will revert to that original ban on outdoor amplified sound. The council set a special hearing for Monday for a first reading on the replacement measure.
NEW PORT RICHEY
Abuser of ex-wife sentenced to life
Roy "Dave" Kinard, a man convicted last month of terrorizing his ex-wife at gunpoint during a seven-hour siege, was sentenced Wednesday to spend the rest of his life in prison. Kinard, 46, had controlled and abused his wife for years, even after their divorce. On May 2, 2009, he forced his way into her home, pistol-whipped her, held a knife on her and threatened another woman and toddler in the Port Richey home. He was convicted of armed burglary, kidnapping, aggravated assault and aggravated battery with a firearm. Because those felonies were committed within three years after Kinard left prison on other charges, he received a mandatory life sentence as a prison releasee reoffender.
Mariano to speak to conservatives
County Commissioner Jack Mariano will address the Conservative Club of East Pasco on Monday at the Sundance Mobile Home Park Clubhouse, 6340 Santa Fe Drive, off County Road 54. Lunch is at 11:30 a.m. and the meeting starts at noon. Club president Dick Albrecht will announce the formation of the Pasco County Conservative Coalition, which will include the Conservative Club, the East Pasco Tea Party and a local 9/12 group. Details of the club's Aug. 6 breakfast picnic also will be announced. For information about the club visit www.conservativeclubeastpasco.org.
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