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In Historic Kenwood, car stereos and complaints about them are booming

ST. PETERSBURG — Historic Kenwood is known for its red brick streets and Craftsman bungalows. So far this year, it’s also the neighborhood with the most complaints about loud music from cars.
Incorporated into the police department in March, the city’s noise complaint program has generated 600 reports since it was created in February. Of 145 complaints received through April, 21 occurred in Historic Kenwood. That’s twice as many as Lakewood Estates, which was second on the list. (Civic association president Judy Ellis founded the grievance program.)
Down the list, Bonita Bayou and the Old Southeast have six complaints, and Disston Heights and Meadowlawn each have five.

The complaints were either mailed in by a form postcard, faxed or, since March, submitted through the police department’s Web site. Each incident generates a “soft letter,” signed by a police official, asking for the recipient to observe the city noise law. Ellis, who also heads the local chapter of Noise Free America, an advocacy group, says compliance has been good.
Historic Kenwood Neighborhood Association board member Tim Martin said he was not aware of a concerted antinoise crusade. But he said he was not surprised because many of his neighbors are proactive about quality of life concerns.
A few other patterns: As described by the complainants, most of the offenders were men. The offending music was often rap. As the program allows, most of the complainers were anonymous.

In Historic Kenwood, car stereos and complaints about them are booming 05/19/09 [Last modified: Monday, November 7, 2011 5:41pm]
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