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Miami Springs leaders extend window for allowable ‘noise’ to midnight


Special to the Miami Herald

Miami Springs is going to feel a bit more noise.

City leaders voted 4-1 at the Feb. 10 council meeting to pass an ordinance on first reading that would allow residents to crank up the volume and make “noise” until midnight.

The prior ordinance, which dates back to 1969, limited “loud, unnecessary, excessive or unusual noises” in the bedroom community of 14,000 between the hours of 10 p.m. and 7 a.m. Such noise includes radios, music bands and “other” sound-making things.

“Going to bed at 12 at night doesn’t do it for me,” said Donna Hernandez, who described “shameful” lyrics played by a neighbor that included the “F” and “B” words. “This is supposed to be a residential area.”

“This is screaming rap going on,” Hernandez said.

Though the ordinance does not contain a provision limiting sound by decibels, “noise” can be “plainly audible at a distance of 50 feet in commercial or business districts or 25 feet in residential districts.”

“We have to go to school on Tuesday — we don’t want anyone partying nextdoor at 11 o’clock at night,” said Councilman Jaime Petralanda, the lone dissenter. “Maybe we can be a little more flexible on weekends.”

However, due to lack of a second, Petralanda’s motion to do so died on the table.

“I have people across the street from me play music until 1 or 2 in the morning,” yelled Councilman Billy Bain in a boisterous response to Petralanda’s motion.

Said Bain: “What are you trying to do here, restrict everyone from having fun?”

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