INDIAN ROCKS BEACH — Having fun at bars and restaurants is okay, but annoying neighboring residents with loud music is not.
A unanimous City Commission began to put that policy into official law Tuesday when it approved, on first reading, a revised ordinance governing permitted sound levels at commercial establishments. A final vote is scheduled for the Feb. 9 meeting.
The pending changes will set in broad language maximum sound levels that can be emitted by live bands or through amplified systems.
Residents packed the commission chambers last month bending officials' ears with complaints about loud music coming from such establishments as JD's Restaurant, Cuso's Club & Cantina, Crabby Bill's, My Place and Jimmy Guana's.
Details of how the city will quiet the atmosphere will be filled in later after a committee of residents, business owners and musicians reports its findings.
Among the tasks assigned to the committee:
• Establish methods to evaluate music levels at individual establishments.
• Suggest ways to reduce, focus and/or channel sound levels to alleviate their effect on neighborhoods.
• Recommend hours of operation.
• Research sound regulations of other cities.
• Recommend how to issue permits, set fines and enforce rules.
The committee was given two months to present its report to the commission, which will decide specific regulations governing noise levels in the city.