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TACOMA: Noise law going unenforced

Letter by Lily Hunt, Tacoma on March 26, 2012 at 12:52 pm with No Comments »
March 26, 2012 2:53 pm

Tacoma has a clear noise ordinance stating, in part, that “commercial music cannot be plainly audible from a distance of 100 feet or more from the property line of business.”

One club, Jazzbones, blasts noise throughout the neighborhood several time a week from 8 p.m. until 2 a.m. The city required the club to modify its building because of ongoing noise issues several years ago.

At first the police told me the neighborhood would have to create a critical mass of complaints before action would be taken. Complaints up the chain and to the City Council mean that when asked, the police will now come and tell the club’s managers to obey the law.

Under the law, it is not incumbent on residents to plead nightly for the quiet enjoyment of our homes. Clearly, lax enforcement makes it easier for the club to obey, grudgingly and temporarily, than to comply with the law as a matter of course.

Where is the serious enforcement? Where are the fines and injunctions? Like the rest of Tacoma, we are slowly improving our neighborhood, a process that benefits all of Tacoma in the form of higher property taxes.

The city is willfully undermining the community’s hard work by its blatant favoritism towards the one bar of many that creates a nuisance over the citizens who live here.

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