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Punta Gorda votes to not change noise ordinance

Posted at 10:54 AM, May 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-16 10:54:41-04

CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla. -- Last week we told you about the city of Punta Gorda possibly stopping live music or at least lowering the music levels in downtown. But residents managed to get the city to lean in their favor.

People made some noise at Punta Gorda's city council meeting on Wednesday, after hearing the city might be turning down the tunes in downtown.

"All I'm saying is you think about the businesses that are here, we survive on this live music."

Restaurant and bar owners gathered over 4,000 signatures on a petition against the city adjusting their music levels.

They were passionately speaking about how music is essential to their city.

"If you change what it is, then there will be nothing here.”

And city leaders agreed, deciding there was no issue with the music. Instead they're leaving it up to the businesses to decide how loud things get.

But despite the decision, some were not so opposed to the idea of lowering the levels.

"I live 4/10 of a mile and half a mile away from some of these businesses. How loud do you need the music?”

"We are all for the music and the restaurants, but not late at night."