Noise ordinance needs to be enforced
We have been fighting loud music in the neighborhood, cars with loud music and screaming (yes, I mean screaming) dogs for years.
Over the past seven years, our Thanksgivings, Christmases and most of our weekends have been ruined by loud music. I am not exaggerating when I say that we called the police around 300 times over the course of five years about loud music.
I was often asked if it was emanating from a home or a car. What difference did it make, I would ask myself. But, apparently, deputies were under the impression that they could only stop or curtail the music if it was coming from a car. They stated that even then, there wasn't much they could do about it because the county gave the decibel meters to code enforcement. Good grief.
I don't know about Hillsborough County, but Pasco County has an ordinance 66-97 (7)(b), which reads "It shall also be unlawful to operate or permit the use or operation of any radio receiving set, musical instrument, television, phonograph, drum, exterior loudspeaker, or other device (I wonder if that includes dogs screaming) for the production or reproduction of sound in such a manner as to cause noise disturbances so as to disturb the peace, quiet and comfort of the neighborhood and vicinity thereof."
Yes, my peace, quiet and comfort have definitely been disturbed.
I believe that our Sheriff's Office could add a substantial amount of income from fining the wrongdoers. The ordinance doesn't say whether a fine may be implemented, but it should.
I still call the Sheriff's Office once or twice a week and that's only neighborhood music, not the hundreds of cars that go by here constantly with music so loud that our windows actually shake.
On top of that, we have a neighbor with a German shepherd. That poor dog actually screams for hours, days upon days. I have contacted Animal Control on several occasions, but to no avail. Not only is the noise very disturbing, it's also very disturbing wondering if the dog is in real distress or if it just doesn't want to be outside.
I have an illness that causes me great stress when subjected to noises. When I become stressed, the illness becomes worse.
I would like to think that maybe if the Sheriff's Office started fining the wrongdoers (and I would be glad to help them by writing down license plate numbers) perhaps we could put a stop to our stress or at the very least curtail it.
I wonder if the Sheriff's Office could use a few hundred thousand dollars after fining the wrongdoers? I bet a lot of the public would be happy to respond if they thought it would do any good and that in turn, would also help the sheriff's budget.
Fran Toll, Dade City
Traffic auxiliary not doing what it should
Recently, I dropped my significant other in front of a Sweetbay store on State Road 54 and Rowan Road. I passed a sheriff's car sitting on the south edge of the lot. She got out and I put the car in park.
The cruiser pulled behind me and I drove off. I made a big circle in the lot and when I got back to the door there was a senior citizen in a deputy uniform waving a red piece of paper at me. He told me it was only a warning for standing or stopping in a fire zone but if I'd had a ticket in the last 12 months it would become a $40 ticket. Then he proceeded to apologize profusely and said he was only doing his job.
He was a member of the auxiliary, a ride-along program sponsored by Sheriff Bob White. I can think of a lot of better things for a deputy and a volunteer to do than bother folks going to the store.
At this time of more than $3.50 a gallon of gasoline, the citizens auxiliary traffic control unit should be disbanded. If the gentleman wants to volunteer, he should adopt a stretch of road or an intersection.
He could start at Little Road and SR 54. There are two bushels of cigarettes and taillights in that intersection.
Thomas Karcher, New Port Richey
Tight budgets lead
to more speed traps
Be extra careful as you drive around town now that the property tax amendment passed this year. Police will be looking for speeders now more than ever to recover the money that they feel was taken from them.
What they have done is set up plenty of speeding traps. A few examples are State Roads 52 and 54 from the Suncoast Parkway to Little Road. The speed limits change, but drivers continue to drive at the original speed limit, even though you may just be flowing with the traffic.
Another one is on Peace Boulevard, which turns to Denton Avenue, Kitten Trail. They don't stop you from speeding because you are breaking the law. They want you to speed. They stop you to collect revenue.
Can someone out there explain how the speed limits are determined and why can't the speed limit be constant?
Robin Thompson, Spring Hill