To the Stuart CIty Commission:
I thought it was to be a nice quiet afternoon in the hood and I could do something like read a book, finish watching my movie, clean the closet. Around here it just never ends. Now we have people threatening to sue over noise and the City Commission is caving.
We have toxic discharges. We have trains with loud horns. We can’t go swimming. The new train when it comes through is going to destroy our downtown Stuart which is a very beloved place.
We need great music and great places to go. Music is therapy is good for our mental health. We have very little in mental heath services around here so when I see lots of my friends going to listen to music I know they will leave feeling better.
I could write an entire blog post on music as therapy but I don’t want to bore everyone. I will say this Music lights a part of people brains, the nucleus accumbens, and makes them happy. It’s true. I have a friend, Dr Ed Long,who does this research down at FAU.
What I’m going to write about is decibels and noise ordinances This is a really bad idea. First of all will you insist the train turn down its horn because it not at 60 decibels I can tell you that. Secondly, if this how your going utilize your police force? This is more important that catching criminals and keeping us safe? Are the fire engines and police going to turn off their sirens? Are not going to be allow to have traffic? Are you to close the airport down? Are we banning hair driers and food processors? Lawn Mowers and Blowers? How far are you willing to go to have us live at 65 decibels. Or are we just picking on one person?
Now here in Jensen Beach sometimes on Sunday we have a very loud church service. What would you do if that was in Stuart? Would you arrest them or fine them? It’s very loud way more than 60 decibels. Wakes me up early on a Sunday morning. Would you be willing to go to a church and shut them down?
Also keep in mind that that what they proposing is worse than the Lake worth ordinance and that was called Draconian. You can’t have things both ways. You can’t have people claiming to be conservatives being draconian. Well you can but they won’t be around long. Not around here.
When you deal with decibels it gets very sticky.
I would take it personally if this was something police would have to deal with 24 hours a day 7 days a week instead of protecting us. I would say it’s a misuse of the police department.
Here are some examples of decibels
150 dB = fireworks at 3 feet
140 dB = firearms, jet engine
130 dB = jackhammer
120 dB = jet plane takeoff, siren
110 dB = maximum output of some MP3 players, model airplane, chain saw
106 dB = gas lawn mower, snowblower
100 dB = hand drill, pneumatic drill
90 dB = subway, passing motorcycle
80–90 dB = blow-dryer, kitchen blender, food processor
70 dB = busy traffic, vacuum cleaner, alarm clock
60 dB = typical conversation, dishwasher, clothes dryer
50 dB = moderate rainfall
40 dB = quiet room
30 dB = whisper, quiet library
An aircraft takeoff is 180 decibels. Are we shutting the airport down?
Passing truck, home lawn mower, car horn @ 5 meters, wood saw, boiler factory is 100 decibels.
Average radio, normal street noise is 70 decibels.
This is cat purring at around 60 decibels.
Here is someone eating a sandwich at 50-60 decibels
They’ll have close down every out restaurant in town.
How to help. We all need to go to Stuart City Hall on Monday at 5 pm.
The fact that this was added at the last minute is total BS and total disrespect from the City.
This about people threatening to sue the city so instead of the people we elected standing up they are giving in and we are being punished.
We are done being punished. Just having filthy dirty dangerous water and trains all hours of the day and night.
Please come and help us all keep our music!
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