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Wakulla County officials work to address noise complaints about boaters on river

Posted at 6:50 PM, May 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-19 18:51:15-04

WAKULLA COUNTY, Fla. (WTXL) — Wakulla County commissioners are now working with the Wakulla County Sheriff's Office and the county attorney to figure out how to handle noise complaints on the Wakulla River.

Since re-opening, neighbors living near the river say boaters are crowding the area and blasting music.

As per the county's current noise ordinance, deputies will measure the decibel level of music for 10 minutes and it must continuously rise above the set level for at least five minutes.

One commissioner says enforcing the ordinance has been a challenge for years.

"I support having all of us come together along with the public to see if there is a solution," said Ralph Thomas, a Wakulla County commissioner. "This issue is very passionate for a handful of people. It's very easy to look at and think it's a huge county problem, but it's a handful of people making a bunch of noise."

Thomas says he hopes the solution doesn't involve too much government control.