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Leaf blower noise complaints prompt limited landscaping hours in Naples

Posted: 7:48 PM, Feb 06, 2019
Updated: 2019-02-06 19:48:30-05
Leaf blower noise complaints prompt limited landscaping hours in Naples

NAPLES, Fla. — People in Naples who are annoyed by loud leaf blowers early in the morning should start to see some relief soon. City council plans to limit the hours that landscapers can start work in the morning, and how late they can work in the evening.

"They're out there before sunrise," said Naples resident Leigh Kistler. "I roll over and put the pillow over my head."

Over the past few months, city staff met with several local landscaping companies to work out a compromise on the hours they can work in the city: no earlier than 7:30 a.m. Monday through Friday, with work stopping by 5:30 p.m, instead of from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. as currently allowed.

On Saturdays, landscaping work will be limited from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and no commercial lawn work will be allowed on Sundays.

According to a city document, landscapers who met with city staff said the new hour limitations should not have a major impact on their operations.

A vote will be required at a future city council meeting to enact the new rules.