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Noise levels to be monitored at Funk Fest

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Updated: 5/10/2013 8:37 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla.-- Thomas Kelly knew what he was getting into when he moved into his riverfront home.

"Assumed risk. You know that there's going to be activity over there. If there's a football game, you know it's going on," he said.

Kelley lives directly across the river from Metro Park. Some of his neighbors have complained about concert noise -- which is why the city is getting involved. A recently passed noise ordinance was put to the test last month with Welcome to Rockville. Action News has obtained the official results of the noise study. And Councilman Johnny Gaffney tells us the results are surprising.

"For the most part, 75%, no noise. According to the definition of the noise, it was on the level of crickets," he said.

Data shows the biggest noise readings came on Holmesdale Road in St. Nicholas. Decibels peaked during certain hours of Rockville, but barely went over the acceptable limit.
Our cameras were rolling today as Keith Sweat and other artists taking part in this weekend's Funk Fest did sound checks to make sure the noise levels would be within the law.

Promoters tell us they plan to do their part to stay in compliance.

"This year we made some changes with the way the speakers are being turned. We moved our soundcheck back, so it won't be playing as early as 8 a.m.," Leo Bennett said.

As another show kicks off, Kelley says he's in support and hopes everyone can work together for the sake of music and progress.

"As long as everybody's having a good time, I think it's great for the community. Jacksonville needs it, and I support that," he said.

Jacksonville leaders tell us they plan to research noise levels in other cities so that they have something to compare to.
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