Bar owners to pay for off-duty officer to crack down on noise

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Posted: Tuesday, September 10, 2013 4:29 pm | Updated: 5:31 pm, Tue Sep 10, 2013.

SARASOTA, Fla. - During the day, Tequila Cantina in downtown Sarasota is a peaceful place to have lunch with friends. But when the sun goes down, it's a different atmosphere.

"It's a bar, it's a bar area, it's where people socialize," said Sunday Feriozzi who likes to socialize on Main Street. He doesn't like the idea of any noise ordinance.

"I think if people want peace and quiet they should move someplace other than downtown. because downtown is what's happening, that's where we go to have our fun," he said as he sipped a beer at Noon.

But faced with the possibility of a further noise crackdown, owners of Smokin' Joe's, Tequila Cantina and Ivory are paying to hire an off-duty officer to walk the streets. And they'll be armed...with a noise meter.

"This would be the businesses all working together to contribute to pay for a police officer to work off duty. They would still work for the department, and not enforce alcohol issues, but enforce noise issues on this block in this area," said Sarasota Police Chief Bernadette DiPino.

The police chief says the biggest problems are around last call at 2am.

"Those are the times when the most significant complaints are, because that's when people are sleeping, and when they're being woken up is when the bar is letting out," she said.

Ann and Walter Bladstrom live near downtown but don't hear any noise.

"We think it's good if there is a lot of business downtown," Ann Bladstrom.

And Angelika Milonas is here from Ft. Lauderdale where the city has struggled for years to clam things down.

"They tried to shut down certain nightclubs and live bands to try to quiet things down," she recalls.

The bar owners are working right now to hire an off-duty officer who will be able to make arrests, and carry a hand gun...and a noise meter.

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2 comments:

  • DeborahLee posted at 11:07 pm on Sun, Sep 15, 2013.

    DeborahLee Posts: 3

    When I used to complain of being bored, my Aunt Barbara would say, "If you are bored, then it's because you're boring." I can't believe there is "nothing fun for young people" here in Sarasota where we have a myriad of activities going on year round. I moved here when I was in my early 20's and have found plenty of interesting, exciting and fun stuff to do in this community for the past 40 years. If your idea of fun is getting blotto and then driving the streets endangering other people's lives as well as your own, then no, we would rather you not do that in our city or anywhere else. Maybe you need to expand your horizons.

    We lived downtown for 10 years before there was a noise ordinance. It was not fun. Then we moved to the "burbs" and traded drunks and noisy clubs for chronically barking dogs, not really a trade-up. In both situations the issue is being respectful and considerate of other people. BTW, we are musicians and have worked clubs in the city for 25 years. We have held more than one outdoor event in the evening and had no complaints because we were cognizant of the problems. We feel the onus is on the club and the musicians to do whatever they can to be good neighbors.

     
  • ladycheetah711 posted at 7:33 pm on Tue, Sep 10, 2013.

    ladycheetah711 Posts: 1

    THIS WHY I MOVED OUT OF SARASOTA NOTHING THERE FOR YOUNG PEOPLE TO DO. WHY SHOULD WE HAVE TO GO TO ST.PETE OR YBOR TO HAVE FUN WE PAY TAXES TOO. TELL THE OLD PEOPLE TO MOVE TO THE COUNTRY SO WE CAN HAVE THE NIGHT BACK.

     

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