Tuesday, December 12, 2017
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New rules in Redington Shores to quiet things down

REDINGTON SHORES — Life in this beach community should be a bit less noisy and streets quieter thanks to two ordinances adopted unanimously Monday by the City Commission.

The first toughens an existing antinoise ordinance approved in 2012.

By eliminating previously allowed exceptions, the revised ordinance will better meet constitutional tests and will ensure the rules are upheld if challenged in court, said Town Attorney James Denhardt.

Previously excluded under the town's "loud and raucous" noise limits were "cries for emergency assistance and warning calls," police, fire and emergency vehicle radios and sirens, permitted fireworks displays, fire alarms and construction noise.

Now, a noise would be deemed in violation of town rules if its volume level "annoys, disturbs, injures or endangers the comfort, health, peace or safety of reasonable persons."

Specifically regulated sources of noise include engines, pile drivers between 6 p.m. and 7 a.m., blowers, horns, radios and sound amplifiers, "yelling or shouting," animals and birds, and building construction.

The ordinance also prohibits the use of illegal fireworks and calls for special permitting of construction noise after 6 p.m. or on Sundays.

Determination of what constitutes too loud a sound is left up to police officers and is not regulated by specific decibel levels.

The second ordinance restricts large commercial trucks from driving on residential streets on either side of Gulf Boulevard.

"This allows the town to post 'No Truck' signs at appropriate places and prohibits commercial trucks except when making residential deliveries," explained Denhardt.

The action came in response to resident complaints about the noise from heavy trucks at all hours.

In addition, the new ordinance requires delivery or service trucks to take the most direct route between a residence and Gulf Boulevard "without traveling through the adjacent residential areas."

Otherwise, the ordinance specifically prohibits commercial vehicles weighing more than 6,000 pounds or over 30 feet in length from traveling or parking on any streets east or west of Gulf Boulevard.

Trailers are also prohibited from being parked on the travel lanes of any street in the town, including Gulf Boulevard. Normal parking of such vehicles, including motor homes, are prohibited on Gulf Boulevard between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.

Commercial vehicle parking on Gulf Boulevard is limited to two-hour periods, and any type of continuous parking is limited to no more than two hours between the hours of 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. on portions of the east side of Gulf Boulevard.

Any kind of parking is barred on 181st and 180th Avenues W, from areas on 176th Avenue W and Lee Avenue, and overnight parking is banned on 176th Terrace Drive and 176th Avenue E near Thelma Spitzer Park.

Earlier, the commission also reduced the speed limit on residential streets from 25 mph to 20 mph.

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