Jeremy's Notebook

The Price of Peace and Quiet

January 8, 2013

Hashing out the specifics of a possible noise ordinance, some members of the Escambia County Commission flinched upon hearing the $2,000-plus price tag for decibel readers. Not Commissioner Wilson Robertson, who said the investment would be worth it even at $100,000.

“I’ll tell you right now, I’ve been in hotels where I was ready to go next door and kill somebody,” Robertson told his fellow commissioners. “You need your rest and your sleep.”

The county commission is currently looking into drawing up a noise ordinance. It is looking at the option of using decibel readers to determine if someone is in violation of such an ordinance.

A representative with the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office told the commission that each reader costs about $2,200. He said at least six of the machines would be required.

Commissioner Lumon May said that his district might have better uses for such funds.

“When we have shootings and unsolved murders I’d really like us to keep that in mind as far as allocating revenue as we move forward,” May said.

The commission directed County Attorney Alison Rogers to work with administration, as well as law enforcement and Pensacola Beach officials, to hammer out an optimal ordinance.

Commissioner Grover Robinson joked that a noise ordinance might “keep Commissioner Robertson from shooting anybody.” Robertson replied that “if I shoot’em, they won’t hear anything anymore.”

“I hope you don’t shoot’em in my district, I don’t need any more gunshots in my district,” May said, later adding, “At the hotels in my district, they’re not awakened by loud noise, but by gunshots.”

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  • L.Laird January 9, 2013 at 6:07 pm

    Murders, shootings, assaults, rapes, hate crimes, violence against women, all committed in Escambia, and Commissioner Wilson Roberson is only concerned about getting a good night sleep in Marcus Point Golf Community. We who voted for and supported Commissioner Lumon May can all grateful that he is the only sane commissioner who is truly concern about the welfare of the citizens of Escambia County.

  • Ames January 9, 2013 at 9:13 am

    Remember when P’cola Beach residents wanted the bands to stop performing at 9 PM?
    Remember when the couple that lives on Ariola wanted somebody to keep beach parties quiet….yeah, that couple that moved out there 30+ years ago…when there was ALWAYS a party going on somewhere on Ariola? Remember them? Hahahahaha

  • jeeperman January 8, 2013 at 6:50 pm

    I asked this the last time and no answers were ever provided. The Sheriff seems hell bent on buying $300 hammers.
    What exactly do you get for a $2200 decibel meter?
    Is there only one certain type that will hold up in court or what?
    You can get a Extech 407732-KIT-NIST & ANSI Sound Level Meter Kit with NIST/ANSI calibrator for under $460 all day.
    For $20 each deputies smartphone can have an app that will let them know if the certified/calibrated meter needs to be deployed.

  • Mark January 8, 2013 at 5:09 pm

    It’s time for WR to go. I think he may be getting senile.

  • EPenn January 8, 2013 at 4:25 pm

    I kind of like that May is giving it back to them… he seems pretty comfortable up there… I’m looking forward to some results.