Noise ordinance committee to be formed in Sarasota

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SARASOTA - City commissioners agreed to form another commission Monday night to address the city's controversial noise ordinance.

Commissioners deciding to form a group consisting of city staff, members of the public, and audio experts to come up with ways to reform the ordinance.

That ordinance was recently suspended, and in the past has been almost impossible to enforce. Many condo owners in downtown Sarasota are upset and frustrated over loud music playing late at night, while local musicians say music is essential to keeping downtown a vibrant place to visit.

Peter Fanning, the president of the Downtown Sarasota Condo Association, says he is pleased with Monday night's decision.

City manager Tom Barwin and deputy city manager Marlon Brown will help form the new group. The two should release more details on the group at the next city commission meeting.